PUBLISHED AND PERISHED: Memoria, Eulogies & Remembrances of American Writers.

GILBAR, Steven and Dean Stewart (editors).

Verlag: David R. Godine, 2000., 2000
ISBN 10: 156792218X / ISBN 13: 9781567922189
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Inhaltsangabe: We know the names on both sides of these coins; both the authors whose lives are celebrated, and the names of their friends performing the celebration. And what a list it is: Emerson on Thoreau, Henry James on Lowell, Howells on Twain, O'Hara on Fitzgerald, Tate on Eliot, Davenport on Merton, Merrill on Bishop. If there is a published pantheon in which the best of a writer's life and work is recorded for posterity by their closest friends, this book contains the holy scriptures. Hhere is a selection of well considered (and often shockingly honest) appraisals of the greatest names in American literature memorialized, eulogized, and sometimes criticized by their dearest friends and their closest peers. All are personal; many are poignant and in every case the reader reaches the final sentences knowing far more about the subject than before, not as they would from a scholarly entry in a biographical dictionary, but at first hand, close up, encomia written in flesh and blood.

These memoria consistently manifest an urgency on the writers' part to convey the personal, the intimate, the unknown. Katherine Anne Porter writes of Flannery O'Connor, "I want to tell what she looked like and how she carried herself and how she sounded standing balanced lightly on her aluminum crutches," John O'Hara starts his appraisal of Fitzgerald with the observation, "It is granted that Scott Fitzgerald was not a lovable man, but most of the time he was a friendly one, and that characteristic, in a man of his professional standing, is as much as anyone can ask."

Personal, forthright, and honest, these appreciations sound the notes of our literary past that still resonate in our minds.

From Publishers Weekly: A volume of essays in which famous writers memorialize their dead colleagues could have been horribly dull: after all, the high-flown metaphors and whitewashed remembrances of the eulogy form would hardly seem to make compelling reading. Yet Gilbar and Stewart have circumvented the potential monotony of this genre by unearthing a wonderfully diverse set of essays that offer a variety of unique perspectives on life, death and the immortality that all writers crave. For starters, the table of contents provides fans of literature with a delicious who's who of American letters: Thoreau by Emerson, Twain by Howells, Lardner by Fitzgerald, Wright by Baldwin, Sandburg by Saroyan, Cheever by Bellow. Add to the mix that each writer approaches his or her subject from a specific emotional standpoint-as a friend, a lover, an enemy, a student, a fan-lending each essay a distinct poignancy, while at the same time adding to the larger theme running through the book: the complicated, emotional and immortal relationship that exists between writers and their readers. Particularly noteworthy are Oliver Wendell Holmes's solemn, grandiloquently metaphoric appreciation of Nathaniel Hawthorne; Willa Cather's charming, anecdotal account of her chance meeting with a callow Stephen Crane; and Toni Morrison's reverent, poetic lament over the loss of James Baldwin. Although there are the occasional duds here-essays too formal and abstract to adequately convey a true sense of the dead-the majority of these writings movingly affirm the eternal spirit of these authors, their works and the readers who live on from generation to generation.
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Titel: PUBLISHED AND PERISHED: Memoria, Eulogies & ...
Verlag: David R. Godine, 2000.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
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