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A William Maxwell Portrait : Memories and Appreciations - Charles Baxter

A William Maxwell Portrait

Memories and Appreciations

By: Charles Baxter (Editor), Michael Collier (Editor), Edward Hirsch (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th August 2004
ISBN: 9780393057713
Number Of Pages: 240

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William Maxwell, who died in July 2000, was revered as one of the twentieth century's great American writers and a longtime fiction editor at "The New Yorker." Now writers who knew Maxwell and were inspired by him-both the man and his work-offer intimate essays, most specifically written for this volume, that "bring him back to life, right there in front of us."Alec Wilkinson writes of Maxwell as mentor; Edward Hirsch remembers him in old age; Charles Baxter illuminates the magnificent novel "So Long, See You Tomorrow"; Ben Cheever recalls Maxwell and his own father; Donna Tartt vividly describes Maxwell's kindness to herself as a first novelist; and Michael Collier admires him as a supreme literary correspondent. Other appreciations include insightful pieces by Alice Munro, Anthony Hecht, a poem by John Updike, and a brief tribute from Paula Fox. Ending this splendid collection is Maxwell himself, in the unpublished speech "The Writer as Illusionist."

Stolen (poem)p. 17
Mr. Maxwellp. 19
Maxwellp. 34
A story in the darkp. 48
The dog gets to Dover : William Maxwell as a correspondentp. 53
Chancep. 71
The breath of lifep. 86
Something to read when he diesp. 107
William Maxwellp. 117
Time will darken itp. 123
Angel childp. 135
Gracep. 161
Reading War and peace to William Maxwellp. 170
Portrait of the artist as an old manp. 187
The writer as illusionistp. 208
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ISBN: 9780393057713
ISBN-10: 0393057712
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th August 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 15.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.52