Norton Book Of American Autobiography by Jay PariniNorton Book Of American Autobiography by Jay Parini

Norton Book Of American Autobiography

byJay PariniForeword byGore VidalEditorJay Parini

Hardcover | March 26, 1999

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From Mary Rowlandson's story of her capture by Indians in the mid-seventeenth century to Mary Paik Lee's story of being a pioneer Korean woman in America at the beginning of the twentieth century, the autobiographical form has provided our most vivid, intimate glimpses of daily American life and self-understanding.

In this groundbreaking anthology, respected writer and critic Jay Parini brings together an abundant selection from over three centuries of "the democratic voice . . . discovering itself." Here are the voices of the Founding Fathers and African American slaves; of transcendentalists and suffragists; of ancestors such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, and many others; and of a wide range of contemporaries, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Gore Vidal, Julia Alvarez, and Mark Doty.

The rich, continuous influence of autobiographical writing in our culture is clear, and as memoirs continue to fascinate readers, this invaluable anthology provides an essential guide to our foremost American literary tradition.
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. Parini's recent books include The Last Station, Benjamin's Crossing, and Some Necessary Angels: Essays on Writing and Politics.Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was an American novelist and critic. His recent books include his collected essays, United States, and a novel, The Smiths...
Title:Norton Book Of American AutobiographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039304677x

ISBN - 13:9780393046779


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Gathered here are the stories and voices of America’s founding fathers, African American slaves and immigrant ancestors. You’ll read Mary Rowlandson’s story of her capture by Indians, Mary Paik Lee’s tale of being a Korean woman in America at the start of the 20th century and more. The Norton Book of American Autobiography features writers like Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway, and James Baldwin.