Modern American Memoirs

Paperback | August 30, 1996

byAnnie Dillard

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In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead, Malcolm X, Maxine Hong Kingston, Loren Eisely, and Zora Neale Hurston. Chosen for their value as excellent examples of the art of biography as well as for their superb writing, the excerpts present a broad range of American life, and offer vivid insight into the real-life events that shaped their authors. Here, readers can learn about the time when Harry Crews, playing as a boy, fell into a vat of boiling water with a dead hog; Chris Offutt joined the circus and watched a tattooed woman swallow a fluorescent light; and Frank Conroy practiced yo-yo tricks.

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This astonishing collection of excerpts drawn from extraordinary 20th century American memoirs delights, surprises and enriches. Including work by James Baldwin, Kate Simon, Geoffrey Wolf and Margaret Mead, each entry is preceded by a biography of the writer. Funny, poignant and pensive, all are indicative of a time and place in histor...

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In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead, Malcolm X, Maxine Hong Kingston, Loren Eisely, and Zora Neale Hurston. Chosen for their value as excellent examples of the art...

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:August 30, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060927631

ISBN - 13:9780060927639

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This astonishing collection of excerpts drawn from extraordinary 20th century American memoirs delights, surprises and enriches. Including work by James Baldwin, Kate Simon, Geoffrey Wolf and Margaret Mead, each entry is preceded by a biography of the writer. Funny, poignant and pensive, all are indicative of a time and place in history.

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"[In] this anthology of well-chosen excerpts by a satisfyingly diverse group of writers....the truth of their lives shines from every beautifully, often courageously composed page." (Booklist)