Who's Writing This?: Notations on the Authorial I, with Self-Portraits

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Daniel Halpern
HarperCollins Publishers, 1999 - Authorship - 208 pages
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This book includes over 50 essays, and the astounding variety and excellence of the group make for a remarkably complete statement on the difficulty, self-loathing, humor, courage, and inspiration involved with the creative process. Such writers as John Fowles, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, James A. Michener, Susan Sontag, Darryl Pinckney, Alice Hoffman, Roy Blount Jr., Joyce Carol Oates and Arthur Miller cheerfully and skillfully reveal themselves, along with many others, using Borges' playful construct with surprisingly distinctive results. In addition, the authors have accompanied their pieces with self-portraits, which range from cartoonist Ed Koren's zany figures to Helen Vendler's carefully traced hand, and include a variety of possibilities in between. It is rare that readers are given such privileged information (however tongue-in-cheek) about the identities of their favorite authors - still rarer to meet their personas in the same place.

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Editor, author, and teacher Halpern was struck by Borges's piece "Borges and I," which discusses the public author vs. the private one. So he asked some 50 well-known authors-such as Margaret Atwood ... Read full review


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Daniel Halpern was born on September 11, 1945 in Syracuse, New York. He received a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University in 1972. He has been an instructor in poetry at Princeton University, New School of Social Research, and Columbia University. He began working at Ecco Press in New York City in 1969, and later became editor-in-chief. He has written several collections of poetry including Traveling on Credit, Tango and Something Shining: Poems. He has edited anthologies of both poetry and prose including Dante's Inferno: Translations by Twenty Contemporary Poets, The American Poetry Anthology, and The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories. He has won several awards and honors as an editor including the Jessie Rehder Poetry Award, YMHA Discovery Award, and the Great Lakes Colleges National Book Award.

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