A Man in Charge: A Novel

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Perennial Library, 1979 - Fiction - 364 pages
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An old-fashioned man of character, Conrad Taylor is executive vice-president of an eastern university who, after leading a satisfying and well-ordered life, finds himself suddenly on shaky ground, struggling to do the right thing in the face of crisis, confrontation, and opportunity. A Man in Charge is an intricate novel about the uncertainties of personal power and the discovery of its limits.

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Published in 1979, 1983, 1987, and 1976, respectively, these novels, while vastly different in plot, contain a common thread of basically decent, intelligent people whose mettle is tested when tragedy befalls them. Not all of the characters fare so well. Read full review


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Morris Philipson (1926-2011) was the director of the University of Chicago Press from 1967 to 2000 and the author of five novels and several scholarly books. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He worked at Random House, Pantheon Books, Alfred A. Knopf, and Basic Books before becoming director at Chicago. Philipson took on ambitious scholarly projects, among the largest of which was "The Lisle Letters", a six-volume work that the "New York Times" called "one of the most extraordinary historical works in the century" and that won the Carey-Thomas Award for creative publishing in 1981. In 1982, Philipson received the PEN American Center's Publisher Citation. For his efforts to bring the work of French writers to English readers, in 1984 the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also received the Association of American Publishers' Curtis Benjamin Award for Creative Publishing, an award given to those whose "creativity and leadership have left a lasting mark on American publishing.

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