Glorious collection of letters written in 1922-1934 from Miller to his chum Emil Schnellock. Miller and Schnellock, schoolboy buddies at P.S. 85 in Brooklyn (class of 1905), remet in 1921, when Miller was an aspiring writer and Schnellock a world-traveling painter. The cosmopolitan Schnellock soon became Miller's intellectual mentor, but as these letters demonstrate, the pupil dramatically outshone the teacher. What energy courses through these pages, covering Miller's last days in Brooklyn and his years in Paris! Miller declares his savage vocation in the first lines of the first letter: "Ye Gods! The first day of being a writer has nearly broken my back. I have discovered new sets of muscles, new aches, new worries." He rhapsodizes about watercoloring, Paris, whores—whatever grabs his fancy. He inserts dead-on put-downs of Henry James and James Joyce ("I see him as a . . .precious sewer, a medieval stew"). He sends wold-lists, plans for new books (one of a cinema, another on D.H. Lawrence), notes on fading writers, first versions of some of his best essays—including the prototype of "The Angel is My Watermark!" More difficult to cull—Wickes' editorial interjections help considerably here—are autobiographical details. Miller rants for pages about his wife June, but remains curiously reticent about Anais Nin. No matter—the meat here is his explosive, gargantuan, deliriously happy record of life on the gallop.

Pub Date: June 29, 1989

ISBN: 0811211703

Page Count: 192

Publisher: New Directions

Review Posted Online: April 4, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1989

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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