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Strong Drink, Strong Language (SIGNED)

Espey, John

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ISBN 10: 0936784806 / ISBN 13: 9780936784809
Published by John Daniel & Company, Santa Barbara, CA, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED and inscribed on title page by John Espey. Tight, clean and crisp. Slight sunning to spine, otherwise As New. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. Protected in a new Mylar cover. ; 8vo; 148 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 13025

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Title: Strong Drink, Strong Language (SIGNED)

Publisher: John Daniel & Company, Santa Barbara, CA

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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The author recalls the rites of passage that highlighted his becoming a young man--from learning to ride a bicycle to winning an athletic prize to talking frankly with his father

From Publishers Weekly:

Espey, professor emeritus of English at UCLA, here collects nine of his essays published in the New Yorker in the 1940s. Still stylish, witty and often poignant, the accounts tell of his life as the child of missionaries in Shanghai before the revolution. Fortunately for the growing boy, his mother's sense of humor compensated in part for the hidebound Calvinism of his father, who pushed his son to excel, particularly in school back home in America. Espey may well owe the clarity of his prose to his father, who warred against slovenly English no less than against indulgence in "strong drink" and other sins. The book ends with the author caring for his dying father, their affection outlasting youthful rebellions and parental intransigence. A lovely memoir.
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