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Author Cobb, William, 1937-

Title Captain Billy's troopers : a writer's life / William Cobb.

Publication Info. Tuscaloosa : University Alabama Press, 2015.


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Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 18, 2015)
Includes index.
Summary "In this audacious memoir, William Cobb reveals the tumultuous creative life of a distinguished practitioner of southern and Alabama storytelling. As poignant and inspiring as his own fiction, Captain Billy's Troopers traces Cobb's early life, education, and struggles with alcohol and the debilitating condition normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). Like a curving river, the broad sweep of Cobb's turbulent life includes both startling cataracts and desultory eddies, leading sometimes into shadows or opening into unexpected sunlight. With unsentimental clarity, Cobb recounts coming of age in his native Demopolis in the churning middle years of the twentieth century. It's there he has his first tantalizing tastes of alcohol and begins to drink habitually. Readers then travel with Cobb to Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) and then on to Vanderbilt University. Along the way, readers relish his first experiences of love and success as a writer, leading to a career as a professor of writing at Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo) in 1963. From there Cobb's struggles with alcohol and depression lead to elongated years of tumbling creative output and the collapse of his marriage. The summer of 1984 found Cobb in rehab, the first step in his path to recovery. His unflinching memoir narrates both the milestones and telling details of his intense therapy and years in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In the sober thirty years since, Cobb has published a string of critically praised novels and a prize-winning collection of short stories. The capstone of his comeback was winning the Harper Lee Award in 2007 for distinguished fiction writing. In 2000, shortly after retiring, Cobb developed NPH, which upset his sense of balance and triggered dementia symptoms and other maladies. Nine years later in 2009, brain surgery brought Cobb a dramatic recovery, which began the third act in his writing career. Vital, honest, and entertaining, Captain Billy's Troopers captures the life of an Alabama original. "-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Chapter Four -- Chapter Five -- Chapter Six -- Chapter Seven -- Chapter Eight -- Chapter Nine -- Chapter Ten -- Chapter Eleven -- Chapter Twelve -- Chapter Thirteen -- Chapter Fourteen -- Chapter Fifteen -- Chapter Sixteen -- Chapter Seventeen -- Chapter Eighteen -- Chapter Nineteen -- Chapter Twenty -- Chapter Twenty-one -- Chapter Twenty-two.
Language English.
Subject Cobb, William, 1937-
Cobb, William, 1937- (OCoLC)fst01489364
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Alcoholism -- Biography.
Storytelling -- Alabama.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General.
Alcoholism. (OCoLC)fst00804461
Authors, American. (OCoLC)fst00821764
Hydrocephalus. (OCoLC)fst00964860
Storytelling. (OCoLC)fst01134169
Alabama. (OCoLC)fst01204694
Languages & Literatures.
American Literature.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Electronic books.
Other Form: Erscheint auch als: Druck-Ausgabe Cobb, William. Captain Billy's Troopers . A Writer's Life
ISBN 9780817388751 (electronic bk.)
0817388753 (electronic bk.)
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