Heart's Desire: The Best of Edward Hoagland : Essays from Twenty Years

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Simon & Schuster, Dec 1, 1991 - Fiction - 429 pages
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In this collection of four new and thirty-one previously published essays, the author offers his observations on a remarkably broad range of topics, including life, love, marriage, children, suffering, the city, and isolation

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Heart's desire: the best of Edward Hoagland: essays from twenty years

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These 35 essays come mainly from earlier collections, and ultimately from magazines like The Atlantic and Harper's . It takes some tenacity to follow all their turns and digressions. They are dense ... Read full review


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Widely celebrated for his essays on travel and nature, Edward Hoagland has written more than twenty books. Both fiction and nonfiction, his works include "Cat Man" (his first book, which won the 1954 Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship), "Walking the Dead Diamond River" (a 1974 National Book Award nominee), "African Calliope" (a 1980 American Book Award nominee), and "The Tugman's Passage" (a 1982 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee). He worked at the Barnum & Bailey Circus while attending Harvard in the early 1950s and later traveled around the world writing for "Harper's, National Geographic", and other magazines. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and in 1982 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hoagland was the editor of "The Best American Essays" 1999, and taught at The New School, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, CUNY, the University of Iowa, UC Davis, Columbia University, Beloit College, and Brown University. In 2005, he retired from a teaching position at Bennington College in Vermont. He lives in northern Vermont.

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