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The Resource The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas

The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas

Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale
Title
The shadow in the garden
Title remainder
a biographer's tale
Statement of responsibility
James Atlas
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The biographer's autobiography: a funny, endearing tale of how writers' lives get documented, by the celebrated chronicler of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz. 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, "a metaphysician of the ordinary." Atlas revisits the lives and work of the classical biographers: the Renaissance writers of what were then called "lives," Samuel Johnson and the "meshugenah" Boswell, among them. And in what amounts to a pocket history of his own literary generation, Atlas celebrates the luminaries of contemporary literature and the labor of those who hope to catch a glimpse of one of them--"as fleeting as a familiar face swallowed up in a crowd.""--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
CGL
Dewey number
  • 920.073
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CT34.U6
LC item number
A85 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-366) 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
Control code
on1000385228
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9781101871690
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016057846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1000385228
Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-366) 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
Control code
on1000385228
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9781101871690
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016057846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1000385228

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