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by Richard Lingeman

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Richard Lingeman
ISBN: 1400060451
ISBN13: 978-1400060450
Language: English
Publisher: Random House (April 18, 2006)
Pages: 272
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Double Lives: American W.has been added to your Cart. Although it occasionally leaves readers longing for more details, Lingeman's book is a fascinating introduction to the bonds between many of the writers who have shaped classic American writing, and is bound to appeal to literature lovers and writers alike.

In Double Lives, Lingeman explores friendships that span the centuries, straddle both coasts, and take in every gender combination. Willa Cather had the great good fortune to encounter the older Yankee writer Sarah Orne Jewett at the precise moment when Cather was ready to embrace her own professional and sexual identity.

Writers know they’re taking a risk when they befriend other writers.

Richard Lingeman examines relationships among seven sets of American writers. Richard Lingeman's survey of seven eminent literary friendships, each deftly sketched, is remarkably absorbing, given its brevity across two centuries and the fact that its cast of characters changes every 30 pages or so. Lingeman makes the relatively short, unrocky and Platonic relationship between Willa Cather and Sarah Orne Jewett as interesting, in its way, as the steamy and ructious goings-on among the only threesome considered here, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg.

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In Double Lives: American Writers' Friendships, Lingeman discusses various writers in pairs-and one larger grouping. He chronicles such literary relationships as those between Dreiser and .

Double Lives : American Writers' Friendships. by Richard R. Lingeman. Writers know they're taking a risk when they befriend other writers

Double Lives : American Writers' Friendships. Writers know they're taking a risk when they befriend other writers. No matter how deep their mutual affection or genuine their admiration, there's bound to be rivalryand of course the danger that secrets and intimacies may end up in print. And yet, writers have always been irrevocably drawn to each other.

Theodore Dreiser: An American Journey. Tells the story of his writer's crisis after the initial failure of Sister Carrie and how he survived it to become one of the mos. More). Double Lives: American Writers' Friendships.

American Writers’ Friendships. Nonfiction; Random House, 2006). Given popular culture’s current obsession with celebrity, it is inevitable that literary studies too are turning to investigations of writers as famous people whose associations and fumbles somehow illuminate their works; at worst this branch of literary criticism seems more like high-minded gossip than thoughtful reading.

In Double Lives, he comes through as a major literary critic, revealing surprising truths in the celebrated friendships and feuds of writers whose lives and art intersected. Friendship is the sine qua non of our lives, and Richard Lingeman’s delightful Double Lives is the story of seven representative literary friendships, rivalrous and fragile, sustaining and enabling. Told with great charm, it's also a story for all of us: poignant and bracing and chock-full of fresh insights about the writers - and friends - we thought we knew.

Writers know they’re taking a risk when they befriend other writers. No matter how deep their mutual affection or genuine their admiration, there’s bound to be rivalry–and of course the danger that secrets and intimacies may end up in print. And yet, writers have always been irrevocably drawn to each other. In this insightful new book, veteran biographer Richard Lingeman explores the passions and betrayals that have enlivened the most significant, most fruitful friendships in American letters.From the unlikely pairing of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville to the kinetic Beat threesome of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Neal Cassady, American writers have formed friendships of high intensity, fierce competition, and extreme need. Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston revered each other’s work but fell out when they tried to collaborate on a doomed play. Henry James could never forgive Edith Wharton her success in the literary marketplace–much as he enjoyed cadging trips in her chauffeur-driven car. Theodore Dreiser and H. L. Mencken loved nothing better than exchanging acid barbs over steins of German beer, but neither could tolerate being criticized by the other. Yet all these friendships endured for years and yielded treasure troves of letters, essays, and thinly veiled fictional portraits.In Double Lives, Lingeman explores friendships that span the centuries, straddle both coasts, and take in every gender combination. Mark Twain and William Dean Howells were co-curmudgeons who shared a sense of humor and a deep streak of generosity. Willa Cather had the great good fortune to encounter the older Yankee writer Sarah Orne Jewett at the precise moment when Cather was ready to embrace her own professional and sexual identity. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway met in Paris while both were in their twenties, became fast friends for the worst reasons (Fitzgerald needed heroes, Hemingway admirers), and spent the next fifteen years disappointing each other. As Lingeman so deftly shows, this trajectory is all too common: the seesaw of fortune has challenged many of these rich and volatile friendships.Double Lives is that rare literary treat–a melding of life and letters that is at once brilliantly revealing and absolutely irresistible. In capturing the heartbeat and heartbreak of our most fascinating writerly relationships, Lingeman has fashioned a sparkling, multifaceted gem.
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