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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Camus, A Romance

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"[I]t's thrilling to see that precisely such a shadow biography has now been written, not about Lispector but about another great writer, Albert Camus. It isn't often that I read a book with which I have as much personal affinity as I did with Elizabeth Hawes's Camus, A Romance...which tells of her lifelong fascination with the Algerian, and which reads as if she has filled out all the stories lurking in the acknowledgments section." Benjamin Moser, Harper's Magazine (read the entire Harper's Magazine review)

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Elizabeth Hawes's passionate pursuit of Camus began with her college thesis. A biography-memoir, Camus, A Romance reveals the man behind the famous name: the French-Algerian of humble birth and Mediterranean passions; the TB-stricken exile who edited the World War II resistance newspaper Combat; the pied noir in anguish over the Algerian War; the Don Juan who loved a multitude of women; the writer in search of a truer voice.

These form only the barest outlines of the rich tapestry of Camus's life, which Elizabeth Hawes chronicles alongside her own experience following in his footsteps, meeting his friends and family, and trying to enter his solitude.

Review:

It's not unusual for biographers to fall in love with their subjects. After all, researching and writing a life is a major commitment, longer and more intimate than some marriages. What is unusual is for a biographer to address a lifelong passion for her subject as directly as Elizabeth Hawes does in "Camus, A Romance." She has channeled her ardor into a rich hybrid of biography, literary criticism,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Much pleasure and illumination reside in this unusually vivid biography and graceful memoir of literary communion." Booklist

Review:

"[A] detailed and vivid picture of the time, places, and people that shaped the author's life. The result is an engaging, vibrant, notably passionate and unique biography of the author. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[L]ucid, sympathetic insights....We get a bit too much of Hawes in her frankly confessional narrative, but perhaps that's what she needed to do to give us so much of Camus with such perceptiveness and warmth." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A whimsical sojourn into the life of Nobel-winning French 'writer of conscience.'...Heartfelt but patchy." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802118899
Author:
Hawes, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Authors, French -- 20th century.
Subject:
Camus, Albert
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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Product details 304 pages Grove Press - English 9780802118899 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[I]t's thrilling to see that precisely such a shadow biography has now been written, not about Lispector but about another great writer, Albert Camus. It isn't often that I read a book with which I have as much personal affinity as I did with Elizabeth Hawes's Camus, A Romance...which tells of her lifelong fascination with the Algerian, and which reads as if she has filled out all the stories lurking in the acknowledgments section." (read the entire Harper's Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Much pleasure and illumination reside in this unusually vivid biography and graceful memoir of literary communion."
"Review" by , "[A] detailed and vivid picture of the time, places, and people that shaped the author's life. The result is an engaging, vibrant, notably passionate and unique biography of the author. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[L]ucid, sympathetic insights....We get a bit too much of Hawes in her frankly confessional narrative, but perhaps that's what she needed to do to give us so much of Camus with such perceptiveness and warmth."
"Review" by , "A whimsical sojourn into the life of Nobel-winning French 'writer of conscience.'...Heartfelt but patchy."
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