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The Old Left

Menaker, Daniel

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ISBN 10: 0394546784 / ISBN 13: 9780394546780
Published by Knopf, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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NY: Knopf, 1987. First Edition. First printing. Hardbound. Fine/Fine. A tight clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 592

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Title: The Old Left

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition...

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Eight stories follow the life of a young teacher at the Columbia School of journalism as he courts his wife, becomes a father, and learns to live with his own flaws

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Five of these eight stories first appeared in the New Yorker; the title story won the O. Henry Prize. Each is an episode in the life of Davey Leonard, a young journalism teacher who appeared earlier in Friends and Relations (1976) , a previous book of stories. One story flashes back to a time when 18-year-old Davey took an assignment as a sort of industrial spy, making the locals suspicious. But most of the stories, set in New York City and the Berkshire Mountains, show him settling in as husband and father, monitoring the lingering death of his crotchety but beloved uncle, an aged leftist with a rich, strong-willed personality. Throughout, Davey's strong love for the old man's struggles comes up against generation and communication gaps and the competing needs of wife and infant son. The narratives are simple and involving, clear and touching. Recommended for collections of quality fiction.William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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