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THE INMAN DIARIES

a chamber opera by Thomas Oboe Lee

based on the life and writings of Arthur Crew Inman

and on the play Visitations by Lorenzo DeStefano

INTERMEZZO NEW ENGLAND CHAMBER OPERA SERIES

September 14-16, 2007

Tower Auditorium Theatre

Massachusetts College of Art

621 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA

617-899-4261 for further information

produced with the cooperation of Harvard University Press

Only a few of us seek immortality, and fewer still by writing. But Arthur Inman challenged the odds. He calculated that if he kept a diary and spared no thoughts or actions, was entirely honest and open, and did not care about damage or harm to himself or others, he would succeed in gaining attention beyond the grave that he could not attain in life.

The diary became a many-layered and strikingly animated work of a gifted writer, by turns charming, repellent, shocking, cruel, and comical. But the diary is also an uninhibited history of his times, of his eccentricities and fantasies, of his bizarre marriage arrangements and sexual adventures. Inman's explorations of his own troubled nature made him excessively curious about the secret lives of others. Like some ghostly doctor-priest, he chronicled their outpourings of head and heart as vividly as he did his own. The diary reads like a nonfiction novel as it moves inexorably toward disaster.

This is an abridged version of the celebrated two-volume work published by Harvard as

The Inman Diary: A Public and Private Confession.

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About the Author:

Daniel Aaron is Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University.

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