Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. These parallel reports from two writers long together (and occasionally collaborating) show characteristic differences, both of background and of style. Rosmarie meditates on early years in Germany during World War II and the way her world was changed, first by a bombing raid, then by learning about the Nazi regime, and by emigration to the U.S. Keith wanders from a Midwestern childhood, through a Southern fundamentalist high school and college as a pre-med student, to encounters in Michigan, New England and Europe.
"What is remarkable are the stories: a unique cultural history of the American avant-garde, a double Künstlerroman, scattered shots of the post-war milieu.... It is a slight, charming volume that will appeal to those with an interest in people and poetry. It is also easy to read."—Andrew DuBois
"The book's candor and vivacity are made new in both autobiographies, and should inspire, both in newcomers and weathered enthusiasts of their work, a great deal of respect."—Max Winter
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Two poets co-founders of Burning Deck press, professors in Brown University's writing program, prolific translators (and spouses to boot) Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop tell the stories of their writing lives in Ceci n'est pas Keith Ceci n'est pas Rosmarie. Keith: "With neither great and wonderful actions nor any sense of glory to report, I write this or maybe it's these against decay of remembrance." Rosmarie: "Turning a `Noh' mask slightly downward is known as `clouding' because the mask takes on a melancholy aspect. `Light cannot be wrong'.... Still, I circle like a moth until the blinding splendor will exceed the anxiety of wings." Readers will disagree with the first statement, and find the second, along with the book that contains it, luminous.
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Book Description Burning Deck, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1886224498