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"This engaging memoir...covers just six years in a young man's life, albeit a life that was unusually rich in friendships and youthful accomplishment....Does the fastidious Reynolds Price come back to rummage through the great poet's trash? You'll have to read the very enjoyable Ardent Spirits to find out." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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Award-winning novelist Reynolds Price provides a vivid portrait of his life in the mid-1950s leading up to the publication of his brilliant first novel A Long and Happy Life—detailing his time as a Rhodes scholar, writer, and a teacher.

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"In this new memoir, award-winning novelist Price (Kate Vaiden) takes up where his 1989 Clear Pictures left off — with a young Price heading for England on a Rhodes scholarship, a young man lighting into new and unfamiliar territories and the lessons he learns about literature, life and love. Covering the years 1955 to 1961, Price chronicles the challenges of living in a strange place, his emotional insecurities and his anxieties about his ability to complete the thesis on Milton, his adventures in Europe with a close friend and his eventual return to his alma mater, Duke University, to teach writing and literature. Along the way, Price recalls his friendships with Stephen Spender, Cyril Connolly, W.H. Auden and his brief encounters with Jean-Paul Sartre and J.R.R. Tolkien. Price's memoir also displays the tenacious desire with which, after warm encouragement from Eudora Welty and William Styron, he embarks on a round of writing that produces his first novel, A Long and Happy Life, published to acclaim in 1962. Although the detail can be tiresomely meticulous, Price, as usual, powerfully articulates the strength of memory in shaping our lives and gracefully draws us into a literary life lived fully. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Award-winning novelist Price provides a vivid portrait of his life in the mid-1950s, leading up to the publication of his brilliant first novel, A Long and Happy Life, which details his time as a Rhodes scholar, writer, and teacher. 20 b&w photos throughout.

About the Author

Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he has taught at Duke since 1958 and is now James B. Duke Professor of English.

His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best first novel. Kate Vaiden was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Among his thirty-seven volumes are further collections of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.

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ISBN:
9780743291897
Author:
Price, Reynolds
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Students
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
University of Oxford - Students
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Reynolds Price; Ardent Spirits; Duke University; American literature; literary; A Long and Happy Life; William Faulkner Award; Kate Vaiden; National Book Critics Circle Award; Rhodes Scholar; American Academy of Arts and Letters; A Whole New Life; biblica
Subject:
Reynolds Price; Ardent Spirits; Duke University; American literature; literary; A Long and Happy Life; William Faulkner Award; Kate Vaiden; National Book Critics Circle Award; Rhodes Scholar; American Academy of Arts and Letters; A Whole New Life; biblica
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b-w photos t-o
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this new memoir, award-winning novelist Price (Kate Vaiden) takes up where his 1989 Clear Pictures left off — with a young Price heading for England on a Rhodes scholarship, a young man lighting into new and unfamiliar territories and the lessons he learns about literature, life and love. Covering the years 1955 to 1961, Price chronicles the challenges of living in a strange place, his emotional insecurities and his anxieties about his ability to complete the thesis on Milton, his adventures in Europe with a close friend and his eventual return to his alma mater, Duke University, to teach writing and literature. Along the way, Price recalls his friendships with Stephen Spender, Cyril Connolly, W.H. Auden and his brief encounters with Jean-Paul Sartre and J.R.R. Tolkien. Price's memoir also displays the tenacious desire with which, after warm encouragement from Eudora Welty and William Styron, he embarks on a round of writing that produces his first novel, A Long and Happy Life, published to acclaim in 1962. Although the detail can be tiresomely meticulous, Price, as usual, powerfully articulates the strength of memory in shaping our lives and gracefully draws us into a literary life lived fully. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "This engaging memoir...covers just six years in a young man's life, albeit a life that was unusually rich in friendships and youthful accomplishment....Does the fastidious Reynolds Price come back to rummage through the great poet's trash? You'll have to read the very enjoyable Ardent Spirits to find out." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning novelist Price provides a vivid portrait of his life in the mid-1950s, leading up to the publication of his brilliant first novel, A Long and Happy Life, which details his time as a Rhodes scholar, writer, and teacher. 20 b&w photos throughout.
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