Autobiography

A Day at the Beach: Recollections by Geoffrey Wolff

By Geoffrey Wolff

With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, pal, husband, and father, as he deals his lively, stylish, and deeply felt observations on a unprecedented existence: from wildly dysfunctional formative years Christmases to a concupiscent profession instructing literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming quit to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.

He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying throughout the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of worry and threat, to carry his many disparate selves jointly -- with remarkable high-stakes candor and brilliant literary agility.

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The most outstanding example of this European approachalbeit one unfortunately known to us only through very fragmentary translationsis that of the Polish scholar Josef Chalasinski *, a student of Znaniecki. Beginning shortly after World War I, Chalasinski* and his students organized literally hundreds of public competitions in which local cultural agencies awarded prizes for the best essays of personal memoirs. This effort was shelved during World War II but was resumed shortly thereafter and continued into the 1950s.

For politicized blacks in the 1960s, these may have been precisely the responses desired from polarized communities. It is difficult to imagine the Cleaver of the 1960s wanting to write a rags-to-riches story that would have edified a white audience, even if that were somehow the way he saw himself then. S. society, which was responsible for the institutionalized racism that he saw as the source of his problems and against which he was compelled to react. To summarize, the movement among literary critics to treat autobiography as a separate genre has raised the following issues: 1.

S. Naipaul, Finding the Center When this book was in its first draft, I wrote to Freddie, the protagonist of chapter 3. He has known and worked with me for the better part of two decades, and he is used to seeing himself discussed in some of my academic writings. This time I sent him the entire book because I was curious to see how he would respond to research conducted with other people, for different purposes. He wrote back: "As usual, you have caught me to a T. Hey Mikeyisn't it time you started calling me by my rightful name?

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