This book explores the conflicted relationship writers have with their public image, particularly when they have written about their personal lives. DAmore analyzes the autobiographical works of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and Dave Eggers in light of theories of authorship, autobiography, and celebrity. Jonathan D Amore is a lecturer in the Department of English at St. Michael s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he teaches courses in writing, life narratives, and American literature.
On a snowy morning in January 1910, the Alaska Steamship Company´s Farallon struck Black Reef in Cook Inlet. The vessel carried no wireless radio to broadcast an SOS. Thirty-eight men scrambled into lifeboats, to be cast up on the rugged shore where they huddled under make-shift tents constructed from the Farallon´s sails. Exposed to a bitter northern winter with meager equipment and clothing, a disturbing awareness sank in-rescuers may arrive too late. In a daring attempt to find help, six men launched a lifeboat on the open sea. During two months of relentless travail, the brave mariners were all but given up for lost. One of the stranded men created a startling record of the shipwrecked party. John E. Thwaites, an amateur photographer and the ship´s mail clerk, shot dozens of haunting, stark images of the ice-shrouded derelict, the castaways´ barren camp, and frostbitten men with burlap-wrapped feet. Lloyd brings to life a riveting tale of hardy seafaring men and tough sourdoughs who survived cold and despair against difficult odds in Alaska´s stormswept wilderness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025888de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman´s semi-autobiographical story The Yellow Wallpaper is her best known work. Written from the perspective of a woman suffering post-partum psychosis, it draws the listener into a world which is both terrifying and fascinating, where strange events occur and where even the wallpaper takes on a sinister and creepy significance. The narration and language are masterful, but it is the way the listener is invited to empathise and almost experience the mental illness first hand which make a lasting impression. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000077de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Springing from the author´s first-hand experience as an ambulance driver and Red Cross worker during World War I, this autobiographical first novel is noteworthy for its vivid and colorful evocation of France at that time and for its passionate indictment of war.The author´s disillusionment with war for a time turned him toward socialism and against capitalism. Ultimately, after being labeled ´´pro-German´´ and ´´pacifist´´, the author concluded that the quasi-religion of Marxism turned loose more brutal aggression than ´´poor old Capitalism ever dreamed of´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001315de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This memorable and touching autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott is the story of the four March sisters´ youth and young womanhood in and around their New England home. With their father away at war, Meg, the oldest sister and the pretty one; and Jo, the tomboy, take care of Beth, the shy one, and Amy, the artist. When their beloved ´´Marmee´´ must leave to nurse Father who is badly wounded, the girls sustain themselves by putting to use the lessons of loyalty and patience they learned. When Beth, the shy sister, emulates her mother by helping the poor but catches scarlet fever from one of her charges, the trails of everyday life reach a climax. This great American classic demonstrates Louisa May Alcott´s extraordinary talent at portraying the joys and struggles of family life in an unforgettable way. Read superbly by Jamie Lee Curtis, whose mother Janet Leigh starred as Meg in the 1949 MGM motion picture version of this story alongside Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson and Margaret O´Brien. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Lee Curtis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000679de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kate Chopin, one of the great literary writers of 19th-century American fiction, was a woman ahead of her time. From the early 1890s, Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations which appeared in periodicals and magazines regionally based in St. Louis - she was perceived as a ´´local color´´ writer, but her literary qualities were discounted. Much of her writing was autobiographical. She took into account her ancestry of Irish and French descent, and her years with Creole and Cajun influences in Louisiana. When her novel, The Awakening, was published in 1899, with themes of sexual and social independence for women, it was met with negative criticism and banned in several states. Chopin, discouraged by the criticism and realizing that she had not been accepted as the legitimate author she knew she was, turned to short story writing almost exclusively for the rest of her life. Volume 1 includes the following short stories: ´´Beyond The Bayou´´; ´´Ma´Ame Pelagie´´; ´´Desiree´s Baby´´; ´´A Respectable Woman´´; ´´The Kiss´´; ´´A Pair of Silk Stockings´´; ´´The Locket´´; and ´´A Reflection´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kitty Hendrix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001834de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Compiled and performed by James Carroll Jordan, this is an entertaining take on Mark Twain´s early writing. Taking inspiration from Roughing It, Twain´s semi-autobiographical travelogue, Jordan presents the story much as Mark Twain may have done himself in his days on the lecture circuit in the 19th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Carroll Jordan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000223de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer´s stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality. Narrated by Ranald (´´D.J.´´) Jethroe, Texas´s most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful. 1. Language: English. Narrator: MacLeod Andrews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008492de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book explores the conflicted relationship writers have with their public image, particularly when they have written about their personal lives. DAmore analyzes the autobiographical works of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and Dave Eggers in light
American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative:Mailer, Wideman, Eggers J. D´Amore