An American Childhood is a vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Dillard's luminous prose painlessly captures the pain of growing up in this wonderful evocation of childhood. Her memoir is partly a hymn to Pittsburgh, where orange streetcars ran on Penn Avenue in 1953 when she was eight, and where the Pirates were always in the cellar...
Chronicles the wit, charm and unexpected delights that arise from Polar Bear, America's favourite cat. The parallels to Cleveland Amory's own life are striking. It shows that cats and curmudgeons really can live together.
From the excesses of the late nineteenth-century Gilded Age, through the horrors of World War I, to the transformations of the Roaring Twenties that gave birth to her magisterial Etiquette, Emily Post unfailingly took the measure of her era. A Baltimore blue blood with a populist heart, her hugely popular book, which has been continuously in print for over eighty-five years.
One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J.D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now comes a new biography. Filled with new information and revelations, garnered from countless interviews, letters, and public records, this work presents his extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century.
Draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.
Drawn from the secret diaries and journals of novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, this is a reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the 20th century - a moving portrait of gay life long before gay liberation.
The author reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him - until he was saved by writing. He grew up with 3 siblings and exhausted working mother in a town saturated with drugs and everyday violence. It wasn't until he took pen to paper, influenced by visits with his father, an eminent author, that he came into his own and ultimately bridged the rift between his father and himself.
Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. He passed away at age forty, but left behind a glorious literary legacy. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London- a man bristling with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. Haley returns London to his proper place in the American pantheon, resurrecting the author in his full glory.
With color, irony, and sensitivity, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that is the writer's life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions.