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THE WORLD AS I FOUND IT.

Duffy, Bruce.

ISBN 10: 0899194567 / ISBN 13: 9780899194561
Published by NY: TICKNOR & FIELDS. 1987, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: THE WORLD AS I FOUND IT.

Publisher: NY: TICKNOR & FIELDS. 1987

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Turn-of-the-century Vienna. The trenches of World War I and the dark slide to Nazi Europe. The intellectual lights of Cambridge University and the nabobs on the outskirts of Bloomsbury. Marriage and domestic life. These are just a few of the worlds entered in this exhilarating novel of ideas, romance, and imagination. Irreverently trespassing into the orchards of history, biography, and philosophy, The World As I Found It is the tale of three wildly different men adrift in the twentieth century. At center is Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most magnetic philosophers of our time -- brilliant, tortured, mercurial, forging his own solitary path while leaving a permanent mark on the lives of all around him. Playing in counterpoint are Wittgenstein's two reluctant mentors: Bertrand Russell, the gadabout, philandering freethinker; and G. E. Moore, the great Cambridge don, wide of girth and pure of thought until, late in life, he discovers the joys of passion, marriage, and fatherhood. Bruce Duffy nimbly braids these lives together, interweaving telling glimpses of such contemporaries as Freud, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Ottoline Morrell, and Karl Kraus. The result is fiction that illuminates life, an atmospheric novel rich in humor and tragedy, lust and violence, spirit and striving.

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Bruce Duffy is the author of the autobiographical novel Last Comes the Egg (1997), and—to appear June 2011—Disaster Was My God, a novel based on the life and work of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. An only child raised in a Catholic middle-class family in suburban Maryland, Duffy sees the 1962 death of his mother—essentially by medical malpractice— as what pushed him to be a writer. Duffy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973, and has hitchhiked twice across the United States, worked construction, washed dishes, hopped freight trains with hoboes, and reported stories that have taken him to Haiti, Bosnia, and Taliban Afghanistan. Today he lives just outside Washington, D.C., works as a speechwriter, is married to a psychotherapist, and has two grown daughters and a stepson. Writing in Salon, Joyce Carol Oates named The World As I Found It as one of “five great nonfiction novels,” calling it “one of the most ambitious first novels ever published.” A former Guggenheim
fellow, Duffy has won the Whiting Writers’ Award and a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Award.
David Leavitt ’s books include The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer and the novel The Indian Clerk, a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the IMPAC /Dublin Literary Award. He co-directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida.Bruce Duffy was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Irish American parents. His novels include The World as I Found It and Last Comes the Egg. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. He lives in Maryland.

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