Birds of America

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1992 - Fiction - 344 pages
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"Birds of America" is the electrifying portrait of an idealistic young man who is an unwilling witness to the changes in society and its values, to the decline in the quality of life.

In the fall of 1964 Peter Levi arrives in Paris to do his junior year at the Sorbonne after spending a singularly unusual holiday in New England with his enchanting mother. Although Levi endeavors to live his daily student life according to the laws of harmony and inner consistency, what results is disaster upon disaster and frustrated clashes with the establishment.

Here is a book that captures the very essence of the 1960s and is at the same time as fresh in its observations today as when it was first published.

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Mary McCarthy was born in Seattle, Washington on June 21, 1912. She studied literature at Vassar College, where she graduated with honors at the age of twenty-one. She worked as an editor at Covici Friede Publishers from 1936-1937 and Partisan Review from 1937-1938. She was a theatre critic for the Partisan Review from 1938-1962. She taught or lectured at Beard College, Sarah Lawrence College, University College in London, and Vassar College. She wrote seven novels including The Company She Keeps, Birds of America, Cannibals and Missionaries, and The Group, which was made into a movie in 1966. She also wrote critical works, travel books and the autobiographical Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood. She received several awards during her lifetime including the Edward MacDowell Medal, the National Medal of Literature, and the first Rochester Literary Award. She died of cancer on October 25, 1989 at the age of 77.

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