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Author Lehman, David, 1948- author.

Title One hundred autobiographies : a memoir / David Lehman.

Publication Info. Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press, [2019]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 LEHMAN    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "A memoir of a year in the life of the author while he battled cancer"-- Provided by publisher.
"In [this book], poet and scholar David Lehman applies the full measure of his intellectual powers to cope with a frightening diagnosis and painful treatment for cancer. No matter how debilitating the medical procedures, Lehman wrote every day during chemotherapy and in the aftermath of radical surgery. With characteristic riffs of wit and imagination, he transmutes the details of his inner life into a prose narrative rich in incident and mental travel. The reader journeys with him from the first dreadful symptoms to the sunny days of recovery. This "fake memoir," as he refers ironically to it, features one-hundred short vignettes that tell a life story. [This book] is packed with insights and epiphanies that may prove as indispensable to aspiring writers as Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, Lehman summons John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Edward Said, and Lionel Trilling among his mentors. Dostoyevsky shows up, as does Graham Greene. Keith Richards and Patti Hansen put in an appearance, Edith Piaf sings, Clint Eastwood saves the neighborhood, and the Rat Pack comes along for the ride. These and other avatars of popular culture help Lehman to make sense of his own mortality and life story" -- publisher's description.
Subject Lehman, David, 1948- -- Health.
Bladder -- Cancer -- Patients -- Biography.
Poets, American -- Biography.
Urinary Bladder Neoplasms. (DNLM)D001749
Lehman, David, 1948- (OCoLC)fst00049619
Bladder -- Cancer -- Patients. (OCoLC)fst01767135
Health. (OCoLC)fst00952743
Poets, American. (OCoLC)fst01067794
Genre/Form Biography. (DNLM)D019215
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Other Form: Online version: Lehman, David, 1948- One hundred autobiographies. Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press, 2019 9781501746475 (DLC) 2019020574
ISBN 9781501746451 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
1501746456 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
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