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Modern American Memoirs by Annie Dillard

Modern American Memoirs

by Annie Dillard (Editor), Cort Conley (Editor)

Other authors: Henry Adams (Contributor), Don Asher (Contributor), Russell Baker (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Frederick Buechner (Contributor)30 more, Frank Conroy (Contributor), Harry Crews (Contributor), Loren Eiseley (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Hamlin Garland (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Left Handed (Contributor), Maureen Howard (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), William Kittredge (Contributor), Barry Lopez (Contributor), James McConkey (Contributor), Margaret Mead (Contributor), Harry Middleton (Contributor), Anne Moody (Contributor), Wright Morris (Contributor), Eleanor Munro (Contributor), Chris Offutt (Contributor), William Owens (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Reynolds Price (Contributor), Richard Selzer (Contributor), Kate Simon (Contributor), Wallace Stegner (Contributor), John Edgar Wideman (Contributor), Geoffrey Wolff (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor), Richard Wright (Contributor), Malcolm X (Contributor)

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Each chapter of this book is from a different memoir by American writers, curated by Annie Dillard and Curt Conley. I read to help me choose a couple of memoirs to put on my reading list and because I was so pleased to have the recommendations of Annie Dillard, an outstanding memoir writer herself. Almost every chapter was vividly written and drew me into the writer's experience despite the fact that each was only a short portion of a longer work. I'm putting Zora Neale Hurston and Margaret Mead onto my reading list, as I found their chapters particularly compelling. ( )
  LauraBee00 | Mar 7, 2018 |
Good selection of readings, and useful for discussion of the memoir and autobiographical forms. There's not much else I can say about it, as the readings are quite diverse and varied. ( )
  TiffanyAK | May 1, 2015 |
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Dillard, AnnieEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conley, CortEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asher, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buechner, FrederickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conroy, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crews, HarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eiseley, LorenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, RalphContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garland, HamlinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gornick, VivianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Handed, LeftContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, MaureenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurston, Zora NealeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kingston, Maxine HongContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kittredge, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopez, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McConkey, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mead, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Middleton, HarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moody, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, WrightContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Offutt, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Owens, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ozick, CynthiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Price, ReynoldsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selzer, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simon, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stegner, WallaceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wideman, John EdgarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolff, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolff, TobiasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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.

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