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Norton Book of American Autobiography

ISBN-10: 039304677X
ISBN-13: 9780393046779
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 720
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor of Engliah and Creative Writing at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College. Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. In 1995, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal. A film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009.

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. on October 3, 1925 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He did not go to college but attended St. Albans School in Washington and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943. He enlisted in the Army, where he became first mate on a freight supply ship in the Aleutian Islands. His first novel, Williwaw, was published in 1946 when he was twenty-one years old and working as an associate editor at the publishing company E. P. Dutton. The City and the Pillar was about a handsome, athletic young Virginia man who gradually discovers that he is homosexual, which caused controversy in the publishing world. The New York Times refused to advertise the novel and gave a negative review of it and future novels. He had such trouble getting subsequent novels reviewed that he turned to writing mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box and then gave up novel-writing altogether for a time. Once he moved to Hollywood, he wrote television dramas, screenplays, and plays. His films included I Accuse, Suddenly Last Summer with Tennessee Williams, Is Paris Burning? with Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben-Hur. His most successful play was The Best Man, which he also adapted into a film. He started writing novels again in the 1960's including Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckenridge, Burr, Myron, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal, and The Golden Age. He also published two collections of essays entitled The Second American Revolution, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982 and United States: Essays 1952-1992. In 2009, he received the National Book Awards lifetime achievement award. He died from complications of pneumonia on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86.

Preface
Introduction
From: The True History of the Captivity and Deliverance of Mary Rowlandson
From: The Life and Character of the Late Rev. Mr. Jonathan Edwards
From: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
From: Some Account of the Fore-Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge
From: An Autobiography
From: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
From: Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences, 1815-1897
From: Two Years before the Mast
From: Walden
From: My Bondage and My Freedom
From: Specimen Days in America
From: Memoirs
From: Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
From: A New England Girlhood
From: Life on the Mississippi
From: My Cave Life in Vicksburg
From: The Education of Henry Adams
From: Notes of a Son and Brother
From: Up from Slavery
From: The Souls of Black Folk
From: Living My Life
From: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
From: A Hoosier Holiday
From: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
From: The Story of My Life
From: The Promised Land
From: Dust Tracks on a Road
From: Son of Italy
"The Crack-Up"
From: Quiet Odyssey
From: Black Boy
From: One Writer's Beginnings
From: Wolf Willow
From: Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
From: The Seven Storey Mountain
From: A Walker in the City
From: Notes of a Native Son
From: Palimpsest
From: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
From: Unto the Sons
From: A Childhood: The Biography of a Place
From: Fierce Attachments
From: Stop-Time
"A Letter to My Mother Carolina Oates on Her 78th Birthday November 8, 1995"
From: The Woman Warrior
"Son and Father"
From: Fear of Fifty
From: "Going Up to Atlanta"
From: Days of Obligation
From: Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
From: An American Childhood
"Buckeye"
From: The Cloister Walk
From: Reading the Mountains of Home
"Picky Eater"
From: Bone Black
From: Always Running
From: The Liars' Club
From: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
From: The Women
"Respect"
From: First Indian on the Moon
"Parental Guidance Suggested"
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