Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: Learning Curve 1907-1948

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Macmillan, Aug 17, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A socialist politician in the 1930s, he became one of the sources of Libertarian politics in the USA in his later years. His most famous works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. This volume is about Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940s and the mid-life crisis that changed him forever.



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Contents

Introduction
11
1 The Heinleins of Butler Missouri
17
2 Growing Up Kansas City
24
3 A Jazz Age Teenager
33
4 Plebe Summer
48
5 Plebe Year
61
6 Youngster Year
74
7 Second Class Year
87
The Long Strange Trip
252
21 Expanding Horizons
271
22 And put aside childish things
293
23 Do with thy heart what thy hands find to do
306
24 Keeping On
324
25 Stabilizing Somewhat
338
26 Dangerous New World
352
27 Settling In
371

8 First Classman
97
9 Frying Pan and Fire
110
10 New York State of Mind
121
11 Robert and Uncle Ernie
126
12 Leslyn MacDonald
144
13 Swallowing the Anchor
158
14 Baptism of Fire
173
15 Party and Shadow Party
185
16 Party Animal
201
17 The Next Thing
214
18 And the Next
224
19 Not Quite Done with Politics
236
28 Writing Factory
393
29 Separation Anxiety
411
30 Also on the Road
433
31 Once More Dear Friends
448
32 Fresh Starts
458
Acknowledgments
475
Family Background
479
Campaign Biography
493
Notes
495
Index
595
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William Patterson lives in San Francisco, California.

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