The Two Worlds of William March

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University of Alabama Press, Apr 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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“Described by José Garcia Villa as America’s ‘greatest short story writer,’ by Alistair Cooke as the ‘the unrecognized genius of our time,’ and by his biographer as ‘one of the most remarkable, talented, and shamefully neglected writers that America has pro- duced,’ William March (1893–1954) is remembered, if at all, for The Bad Seed, which March ironically regarded as his worst work. The emphasis in The Two Worlds of William March is on the literary career, and we get a fairly full picture of a hardworking, oversensitive, compassionate bachelor, who suffered a tragic breakdown late in life . . . [and] whose best long works, Company K and The Looking-Glass, as well as March himself are almost forgotten. . . . Simmonds’s comprehensive, scholarly, and sympathetic study may redress this unwarranted neglect.” —CHOICE

  

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Contents

1 Early Years
1
2 Service in the U S Marines
12
3 Beginnings of Two Careers
21
4 The Two Worlds Established
37
5 Company K and Hitlers Germany
68
6 Come in at the Door and Escape to London
84
7 The Little Wife and Other Stories and Analysis with Glover
103
8 The Tallons and Resignation from Waterman
121
11 Trial Balance and the Edge of the Abyss
199
12 The Move to New Orleans
221
13 October Island and New Roots Established
249
14 The Bad Seed and Posthumous Success
291
Afterword
316
Notes
326
Selected Bibliography
349
Index
352

9 Some Like Them Short and Life as a FullTime Author
145
10 The LookingGlass and Wartime New York
166

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Roy S. Simmonds (September 10, 1925 – November 10, 2000) was an English literary scholar and critic best known for his biographies on John Steinbeck, William March, and Edward O'Brien.

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