In Rooms of Memory: Essays

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U of Nebraska Press, Mar 4, 2010 - Literary Collections - 243 pages
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This mature, exquisite collection of personal essays by Hilary Masters offers a rare pleasure. Here are meditations and reflections distilled in fine prose from a long and varied life--musings that, in the distinguished tradition of essays carried on since the days of Montaigne, articulate the piquant insights of the writer's experience. In this collection, one of the most illustrious contemporary essayists transfigures incidents and observations into something far more--a finely crafted window into the workings of experience and memory.
 

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Contents

Going to Cuba
1
Chimera
29
In My Orchard
43
Making It Up
49
In Rooms of Memory
59
My Fathers Image
69
In Montaignes Tower
77
Double Exposure
89
In the Cards
149
A Day in Burgundy
159
Passing through Pittsburgh
181
Three Places in Ohio
191
Montaignes Bordeaux
209
Loitering on the Loire
217
Proud Flesh
225
Unwired
231

Silence Please
115
Disorderly Conduct
119
The End of Something
237
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Hilary Masters (1928–2015) published novels, short fiction, and nonfiction and his work has been cited in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. In 2003 the American Academy of Arts and Letters gave his work its award for literature. He is the author of the novel Elegy for Sam Emerson and the book-length essay, Shadows on a Wall: Juan O’Gorman and the Mural in Patzcuaro. Best known for his memoir, Last Stands: Notes from Memory, Masters is also the author of How the Indians Buried Their Dead, a collection of short stories.

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