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Family Portraits: Remembrances by Twenty Distinguished Writers

Anthony, Carolyn

ISBN 10: 0385264151 / ISBN 13: 9780385264150
Published by Doubleday, 1989
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0385264151 Also with Atwood, Auchincloss, Sarton, Singer, Stegner, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 011161

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Title: Family Portraits: Remembrances by Twenty ...

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Family Portraits: Remembrances by Twenty Distinguished Writers, by Anthony, Carolyn, ed.

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Good writers draw deeply on their childhoods and memories of parents and siblings, and it was a fine idea to persuade a group of them to do so formally, for the reader's pleasure. The authors represented here are a thoroughly mixed bag, ranging from Isaac Bashevis Singer and Wallace Stegner to such current popular favorites as Margaret Atwood and Gail Godwin. They write most often of fathers and mothers, though there are several beloved aunts and uncles. The prevailing mood is one of regret: over thwarted lives, particularly for the mothers of another era, for the affection that was never adequately conveyed in life. The book is like a poignant collection of short stories. Particularly striking among them are Stegner's threnody for his mother, Atwood's saucy recollection of "great aunts," Alfred Kazin's exotic tale of Brooklyn Jewish life, Godwin's wry evaluation of her mother as writer and person, Elizabeth Spencer's beautifully written evocation of the South and Gloria Steinem's agonized chronicle of her mother's difficult life. All are worth reading as indications of how sweetly imagination works with memory to evoke other times, other places.
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