A common room: essays, 1954-1987

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Atheneum, 1987 - Fiction - 405 pages
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Literary essays on John Milton, Jimmy Carter, Ernest Hemingway, travel to Israel and Dachau, Christmas, fiction writing, and storytelling, among other topics.

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A common room: essays, 1954-1987

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From first (an undergraduate's ardent reaction to Vanity Fair ) to last (a personal religious credo), Price's densely styled essays reveal an astonishing range of interest and amateur expertise. The ... Read full review


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Edward Reynolds Price was born on February 1, 1933 in Macon, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke University in 1955, he won a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University. Despite being living as a paraplegic after receiving radiation treatment for a spinal tumor since the mid-1980s, he produced approximately one book a year and taught writing and the poetry of Milton at Duke University. His first novel, A Long and Happy Life (1962) won the William Faulkner Award. His other works include The Names and Faces of Heroes, Clear Pictures: First Loves, First Guides, A Whole New Life, and The Good Priest's Son. Kate Vaiden won the National Books Critics Circle Award. His plays have been produced on stage and on PBS's American Playhouse. He died due to complications of a heart attack on January 20, 2011 at the age of 77.

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