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Compass Points: How I Lived

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Publisher Comments:

For nearly fifty years Edward Hoagland has proven himself to be, in the words of William Kittredge, "one of our basic writers" — a writer whose novels, essays, and travel books have demonstrated a "pungency, directness, and his special gift for finding joy in the most unexpected places" (Alfred Kazin).

In Compass Points, Hoagland looks back over his life in an attempt to discern the fundamental directions in which he is traveling, and he tells a story that embraces some of the contradictions and complexities of human experience. It reflects with elegance Hoagland's intransigent honesty, his protean ardor, and, most important, his generosity. Here, family and friends, wives and lovers, mentors and fellow writers are given their due in a life's reckoning that is shrewd in observation, marvelously crafted, rapturous in its acceptance and appreciation. A pithy mix of family history and personal insight, Compass Points transforms one man's story into an American saga.

Review:

"Edward Hoagland is excitingly smart. Everything he observes is interesting because his 'vivid care' enlivens. Here are wives and lovers, his rural Vermont life among hippies, his Manhattan life among writers — and Africa, North British Columbia, California forest fires, traveling with the circus, and years of temporary blindness to boot. He is a witness; he is a writer of literature." Annie Dillard

Review:

"The precision with which Hoagland sees and the appetite with which he explores are staggering. So is that unassuming powerhouse, his prose — matter-of-fact, rhapsodic, elegant, a little surprise in every line. My admiration for his artistry approaches his for the ancient, dying ways of wilderness living." Philip Roth

Review:

"Hoagland's books first showed me the natural world I took for granted pouring like water down the drain of greed and commerce. He is one of the founders of a branch of literature that did not exist when he started writing. From him many of us first learned to look at place and landscape and the ways humans use them. Compass Points is sensual, taut, pungent, and full of the hot licks of a vigorous, involved life." Annie Proulx

Review:

"His writing always has for me that special capacity for wonder. [He is a] writer born, a writer obsessed." Alfred Kazin

Review:

"Like Thoreau, he has no account to offer of himself other than that he is an inspector of snowstorms, has the philosophical knack, and can touch our conscience to the quick with a deftness you are not likely to forget." Guy Davenport

Review:

"Hoagland's writing is second to no one's." Robert Stone

About the Author

Edward Hoagland's first book, Cat Man, won the 1954 Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Since then he has written nearly twenty books, including Walking the Dead Diamond River (a 1974 National Book Award nominee), African Calliope (a 1980 American Book Award nominee), and The Tugman's Passage (a 1982 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee). In 1982 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hoagland was the editor of The Best American Essays for 1999. He lives in Bennington, Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375402463
Subtitle:
(how I lived )
Author:
Hoagland, Edward
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Visually handicapped
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
People with visual disabilities
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
104-847
Publication Date:
c2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
293 p.
Dimensions:
9.56x6.47x.98 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 293 p. pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375402463 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Edward Hoagland is excitingly smart. Everything he observes is interesting because his 'vivid care' enlivens. Here are wives and lovers, his rural Vermont life among hippies, his Manhattan life among writers — and Africa, North British Columbia, California forest fires, traveling with the circus, and years of temporary blindness to boot. He is a witness; he is a writer of literature."
"Review" by , "The precision with which Hoagland sees and the appetite with which he explores are staggering. So is that unassuming powerhouse, his prose — matter-of-fact, rhapsodic, elegant, a little surprise in every line. My admiration for his artistry approaches his for the ancient, dying ways of wilderness living."
"Review" by , "Hoagland's books first showed me the natural world I took for granted pouring like water down the drain of greed and commerce. He is one of the founders of a branch of literature that did not exist when he started writing. From him many of us first learned to look at place and landscape and the ways humans use them. Compass Points is sensual, taut, pungent, and full of the hot licks of a vigorous, involved life."
"Review" by , "His writing always has for me that special capacity for wonder. [He is a] writer born, a writer obsessed."
"Review" by , "Like Thoreau, he has no account to offer of himself other than that he is an inspector of snowstorms, has the philosophical knack, and can touch our conscience to the quick with a deftness you are not likely to forget."
"Review" by , "Hoagland's writing is second to no one's."
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