Off to the Side

Off to the Side

A Memoir

Book - 2002
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The critically acclaimed novelist and poet shares the story of his own life in an intriguing memoir that chronicles growing up in Michigan during the Depression and Second World War, his love of literature, his career as a screenwriter and author, and the obsessions that have shaped his life. 65,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
In Off to the Side, Jim Harrison writes about his upbringing in Michigan, the austerities of life amid the Depression and the Second World War, and the seemingly greater austerities of his starchy Swedish forebears, who have inspired so much of his writing. He traces his coming-of-age, from a boy drunk with books to a young man making his way among fellow writers he deeply admired - writers like Tom McGuane, Philip Caputo, Peter Matthiessen, Robert Lowell, W.H. Auden, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Allen Ginsberg, among others.
Harrison writes forthrightly about the life-changing experience of becoming a father, and the minor cognitive dissonance when this boy from the "heartland" somehow ended up a highly paid Hollywood screenwriter. He gives free rein to his "seven obsessions" - alcohol, France, stripping, hunting and fishing (and the dogs who have accompanied him in both), religion, the road, and our place in the natural world - which he elucidates with earthy wisdom and an elegant sense of connectedness. He returns always to his love of literature - from his first awakenings to the power of writing in his teens, and his youthful decision to model himself on Rimbaud, to how books have remained his center, sustaining him during the darkest times of his life. Above all, he delivers a joyful, meditative, candid, and wise book that is a paean to the complex delights of life.

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The novelist and poet chronicles growing up in Michigan during the Depression and Second World War, his love of literature, his career as a screenwriter and author, and the obsessions that have shaped his life.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780871138606
0871138603
Branch Call Number: 813x HARRI HARRI

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