The Wages of Expectation. A Biography of Edward Dahlberg.
The Gotham Library of the New York University Press.
von DeFanti, Charles
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New York: New York University Press, 1978.
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Umschlag leicht berieben, sonst gutes Exemplar. Besitzvermerk auf Vorsatz. - THE WAGES OF EXPECTATION is the first biography of the legendary American writer, Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), whose stormy literary career spanned five decades and saw twenty controversial volumes published. The biography is a complete and meticulous rendering of Dahlberg's life, combining chronological events with detailed studies of his early novels, critical works, and the autobiographical fictions of his maturity. DeFanti's portrait recreates Dahlberg's picaresque journey, from his impoverished days in his mother's Kansas City barbershop, to his vagabond wanderings throughout America, his expatriate period during the 1920's, his complicated (often comic) involvement with American radicalism, and his subsequent rejection of his early style and the re-emergence, following a long literary silence, of his grand autobiographical works, most notably, Because I Was Flesh. Always a man of astounding energy, there were few people, major or minor, in American and English arts and letters, whom he did not meet and later quarrel with. Granville Hicks, Sidney Hook, Allen Ginsberg, James T. Farrell, Robert Creeley, Alice Neel, and Sylvia Porter are among the many who offer compelling recollections of Dahlberg's fiery personality. THE WAGES OF EXPECTATION, with previously unobtainable information about Dahlberg's life, draws upon hundreds of interview's and correspondence with Dahlberg himself, and his personal and professional acquaintances and relatives (including three of his seven wives). DeFanti also adds fine scholarly detective work which unravels and interprets the many paradoxes in his subject's life. This work will provide the key to understanding the life and letters of one of America's most serious, though often misunderstood, major literary figures. (Klappentext). ISBN 9780814717639
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