Ziff: A Life?

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Westview Press, May 28, 2004 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Serious literature and sensational publishing collide when Danny Levitan, an obscure novelist, is offered a lucrative advance to write a biography of Arthur Ziff, a titan among the world’s literary heavyweights and the scourge of myriad Jewish-American readers. Danny’s enterprise as literary detective takes him from the Berkshires and Manhattan to Rome and Budapest in a series of adventures at once comic, exuberant, sexual, and outrageous. An unabashed look at the forging of literary careers and rivalry, acclaimed writer Alan Lelchuck fills Ziff with unforeseen twists and turns, all leading to the ironic ending of a rich and memorable novel that peers through the keyhole of contemporary literary celebrity.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A teasingly postmodern depiction of a writer asked to pen a biography of a friend who's headed for the Nobel Prize in literature.Arthur Ziff and Danny Levitan were best writer-buddies early in their ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Alan Lelchuck’s novels have won praise from Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, Wallace Stegner, and Benjamin Demott. His first novel was the highly acclaimed American Mischief, a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection. He lives in New Hampshire and teaches at Dartmouth College.

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