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The Resource Where did it all go right? : a memoir, A. Alvarez

Where did it all go right? : a memoir, A. Alvarez

Label
Where did it all go right? : a memoir
Title
Where did it all go right?
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
A. Alvarez
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Much of the liveliness of Alvarez's story is inspired by an ambiguous fate of being an English Jew. Although the families of both his parents had been settled in London for more than two centuries and in many ways were more English than the English, being Jewish made them always feel like outsiders, foreigners in their own country. Some of them prospered - his mother's family were to become the owners of one of the largest catering operations in the UK - but that didn't stop them from worrying about their place in the scheme of things. Al Alvarez, only son of his line, has written a wonderfully ironic memoir of his troublesome family inheritance and an intensely funny book. From the opening moments, when his shrewd but absentminded mother interprets Hitler's ranting on the radio as a recipe for a favorite dish, it is packed with amusing anecdotes." "Alvarez was sent to Oundle, an English private school with a strenuous regimen that transformed him from a delicate child into a boxer and rugby player. From there he went on to Oxford, where his literary gifts began to flourish, and an academic career beckoned. But Alvarez chose instead to embark on a life as a freelance writer. His famous anthology The New Poetry scandalized the literary community with its selections - and omissions - yet swiftly became part of the curriculum in schools. As poetry editor of The Observer, he introduced British readers to a host of new writers from America and Central Europe - John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Zbigniew Herbert, and Miroslav Holub - all of whom became established names in the literary canon. Meanwhile he climbed mountains, played poker, and wrote books about his pastimes that are now regarded as classics. He also wrote a courageous book about divorce and another about his time in the North Sea oil fields." "Alvarez has rarely done what was expected of him, and in echoing his friend Zero Mostel's cry from The Producers for the title of his book he shows his astonishment that, despite his determination to go his own way, he has somehow contrived to live happily ever after. Where Did It All Go Right? is his memorable, irreverent account of that journey."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alvarez, A.
Dewey number
  • 828/.91409
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6051.L9
LC item number
Z474 1999b
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alvarez, A.
  • Alvarez, A.
  • Authors, English
  • Critics
  • Jewish families
Label
Where did it all go right? : a memoir, A. Alvarez
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45407679
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
viii, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780688180034
Lccn
2001265780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Where did it all go right? : a memoir, A. Alvarez
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45407679
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
viii, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780688180034
Lccn
2001265780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

Library Locations

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      38.710138 -90.311107
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