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The Resource The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas

The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas

Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale
Title
The shadow in the garden
Title remainder
a biographer's tale
Statement of responsibility
James Atlas
Title variation
shadow in the garden
Title variation remainder
a biographers tale
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The biographer--so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts--comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers' lives get documented. James Atlas, the celebrated chronicler of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, takes us back to his own childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers' lives. We meet Richard Ellmann, the great biographer of James Joyce and Atlas's professor during a transformative year at Oxford. We get to know Atlas's first subject, the "self-doomed" poet Delmore Schwartz. And we are introduced to a bygone cast of intellectuals such as Edmund Wilson and Dwight Macdonald (the "tall pines," as Mary McCarthy once called them, cut down now, according to Atlas, by the merciless pruning of mortality); and, of course, the elusive Bellow, "a metaphysician of the ordinary." Atlas also revisits the lives and works of the classical biographers, the Renaissance writers of what were then called "lives," Samuel Johnson and the obsessive Boswell, and the Victorian masters Mrs. Gaskell and Thomas Carlyle. And in what amounts to a pocket history of his own literary generation, Atlas celebrates the biographers who hoped to glimpse an image of them--"as fleeting as a familiar face swallowed up in a crowd.""--
Summary
A biographer describes what it’s like to document the lives of other, more famous people and revisits the experiences and work of the classical biographers who brought the lives of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell to life
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Assigning source
Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10572897
Cataloging source
DLC
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Atlas, James
Dewey number
920.073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Atlas, James
  • Atlas, James
  • Biographers
  • Biography as a literary form
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Biographers
  • Biography as a literary form
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a biographer's tale
Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-366) and 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
ocn964928839
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9781101871690
Lccn
2016057846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964928839
Label
The shadow in the garden : a biographer's tale, James Atlas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-366) and 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
ocn964928839
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9781101871690
Lccn
2016057846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964928839

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