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The Spyglass Tree

Murray, Albert

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ISBN 10: 0394588878 / ISBN 13: 9780394588872
Published by Pantheon Books, 1991
Used Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1991. October 1991. Pantheon Books. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. ISBN:0394588878. 207 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration by Lesley Schiff. Jacket design by Marjorie Anderson. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Possessed of ‘the poet’s language, the novelist’s sensibiiity, the essayist’s clarity, the jazzsman s imagination, the gospel singer’s depth of feeling’ (New Yorker), Albert Murray is one of our preeminent, most widely respected and admired African-American men of letters - novelist, memoirist, and literary, social, and music critic. In THE SPYGLASS TREE, he gives us the eagerly anticipated sequel to his highly acclaimed work of fiction TRAIN WHISTLE GUITAR. If TRAIN WHISTLE GUITAR - the stoty of Scooter’s boyhood in a small Southern town in the 1920s - is a blues version of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, then THE SPYGLASS TREE – a bildungsroman of Scooter’s growth into manhood at college in the deep South in the 1930s - is a riff on James Joyce’s PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN. Amidst the excitement of the world of ideas and adventures with new friends, Scooter sallies into ‘the territory of the blues,’ where recollection becomes legend. Here he learns to deal with the vicissitudes of life - the complexities of family ties and camaraderie, his sexuality, pride of excellence in school, the darker realities of history and human passion - through confrontation and improvisation, and with style and courage. A novel of elegant, lyrical reminiscence and deep sophistication, THE SPYGLASS TREE is informed at once by the folk wit of Aunt Hagar and the master metaphor-spinning of Uncle Remus. inventory #26133. Bookseller Inventory # z26133

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Title: The Spyglass Tree

Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st edition.

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Follows Scooter into young manhood at a Southern College during the 1930s as he discovers new friends, new ideas, and new ways to cope with the vicissitudes of life

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Albert Murray is the author of The Omni-Americans, Stomping the Blues, The Hero and the Blues, South to a Very Old Place, Conjugations and Reiterations, and From the Briarpatch File. He is the coauthor of Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie and the coeditor of Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray. He lives in New York City.

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