Modern American Memoirs

1917-1992

by Annie Dillard

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  • 0061857017
  • 9780060927639
  • 9780061857010
  • 9780061476839
  • 9780061476853
  • 9780061476846

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.


  • HarperCollins; October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780061476839
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  • Title: Modern American Memoirs
  • Author: Annie Dillard
  • Imprint: HarperCollins e-books
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0061857017
  • 9780060927639
  • 9780061857010
  • 9780061476839
  • 9780061476853
  • 9780061476846

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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.”