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A common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influence, David Laskin

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A common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influence
Title
A common life
Title remainder
four generations of American literary friendship and influence
Statement of responsibility
David Laskin
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this splendid group portrait, David Laskin tells the stories of four friendships that helped to define the course of American literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, Henry James and Edith Wharton, Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Written with uncommon grace and insight, A Common Life is a fascinating narrative of the entanglements of art and life, and an illuminating study of the nature of friendship itself. In each of these pairings, the two writers met at a critical turning point in their lives and careers, and the friendship profoundly affected the course of both. The friendships came as great shafts of light, throwing open new possibilities and relieving the numbing isolation of American literary life. The "shock of recognition" that passed between Melville and Hawthorne when they met in the Berkshires in 1850 changed the course of Melville's masterpiece, Moby-Dick. Edith Wharton was nearly forty, rich, and unhappily married when she met the sixty-year-old Henry James in London in 1903. His thunderous advice to "Do New York!" steered her toward her first triumph with The House of Mirth. Each friendship sprang from shared literary and personal admiration. But in time, each showed the strains of rivalry, resentment, anger, disappointment, and nasty gossip - hazards perhaps inherent in intimate relationships between writers. Welty became furious when the publication of her first book had to be postponed because the notoriously unreliable Porter had failed to finish her introduction to the book on time. Bishop and Lowell teetered for years on the brink of a love affair, and Bishop felt all the more betrayed when Lowell took a passage from her most anguished letter to him and "versed" it word for word into one of his poems. Love and loathing, reverence and revenge played their roles in all four of these intense relationships. - Publisher
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laskin, David
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Friendship
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Friendship
  • Authors, American
Label
A common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influence, David Laskin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Turkey and thunder -- Fire worship -- Infinite fraternity and the negatives of flesh -- The downlook -- Intergenerational : Hawthorne and Melville to James and Wharton -- pt. 2. Henry James and Edith Wharton. On the road -- Sex and money -- Literary rough and tumbles -- Little old New York -- This crash of our civilization -- Intergenerational : James and Wharton to Porter and Welty -- pt. 3. Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty. The most unburdensome friendship -- Fellow colonists -- Too much life and too little -- House and garden -- Drifting apart -- Battles lost and won -- The legend of the past -- Intergenerational : Porter and Welty to Bishop and Lowell -- pt. 4. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Castine, Maine, August 1957 : ten years later -- Stonington, Maine, 1948 : the other life that might have been -- The unbroken draught of poison : madness and alcoholism -- Another inscrutable house -- Pity the planet : 1960s politics -- What we're really like in 1972 : the rift over The Dolphin -- Unerring muse, sad friend
Control code
29477824
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
460 pages
Isbn
9780671724191
Lccn
93040588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)348043
Label
A common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influence, David Laskin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Turkey and thunder -- Fire worship -- Infinite fraternity and the negatives of flesh -- The downlook -- Intergenerational : Hawthorne and Melville to James and Wharton -- pt. 2. Henry James and Edith Wharton. On the road -- Sex and money -- Literary rough and tumbles -- Little old New York -- This crash of our civilization -- Intergenerational : James and Wharton to Porter and Welty -- pt. 3. Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty. The most unburdensome friendship -- Fellow colonists -- Too much life and too little -- House and garden -- Drifting apart -- Battles lost and won -- The legend of the past -- Intergenerational : Porter and Welty to Bishop and Lowell -- pt. 4. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Castine, Maine, August 1957 : ten years later -- Stonington, Maine, 1948 : the other life that might have been -- The unbroken draught of poison : madness and alcoholism -- Another inscrutable house -- Pity the planet : 1960s politics -- What we're really like in 1972 : the rift over The Dolphin -- Unerring muse, sad friend
Control code
29477824
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
460 pages
Isbn
9780671724191
Lccn
93040588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)348043

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