The Shadow in the Garden

The Shadow in the Garden

A Biographer's Tale

Book - 2017
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"The biographer--so often in the shadows, kibbitzing, casting doubt, proving facts--here comes to the stage. James Atlas takes us back to his childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers' lives. We meet Richard Ellmann, the great biographer of James Joyce and Atlas's professor during a transformative year at Oxford. We get to know the author's first subject, the 'self-doomed' poet Delmore Schwartz; a bygone cast of intellectuals such as Edmund Wilson and Dwight Macdonald (the 'tall trees, ' as Mary McCarthy described them, cut down now, Atlas writes, by the 'merciless pruning of mortality'); and, of course, the elusive Bellow"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101871690
Branch Call Number: BIO ATLAS
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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