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Ancestors A Family History (Paperback)

Author:  William Maxwell
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679759298
ISBN-13: 9780679759294
Sku: 30118919
Publish Date: 1/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  320
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*Author: Maxwell, William *Subtitle: A Family History *Publication Date: 1995/01/01 *Number of Pages: 311 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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The National Book Award-winning author of So Long, See You Tomorrow offers an astonishing evocation of a vanished world, as he retraces, branch by branch, the history of his family, taking readers into the lives of settlers, itinerant preachers, and small businessmen, examining the way they saw their world and how they imagined the world to come.The National Book Award-winning author of So Long, See You Tomorrow offers an astonishing evocation of a vanished world, as he retraces, branch by branch, the history of his family, taking readers into the lives of settlers, itinerant preachers, and small businessmen, examining the way they saw their world and how they imagined the world to come.
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From letters and journals and his own memories, writer and editor William Maxwell writes the history of his family, which flourished in the small towns of the Midwest--and in doing so illuminates the world of 19th-century America.From letters and journals and his own memories, writer and editor William Maxwell writes the history of his family, which flourished in the small towns of the Midwest--and in doing so, he illuminates the world of 19th-century America.
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William Maxwell
Maxwell was a solitary child, and very close to his mother; she died in the 1918 influenza epidemic when he was 10 years old, an event that has colored much of his fiction. His young life was further disrupted when the family moved from the small town of Lincoln, Illinois, to Chicago when he was 14. These early years, he once said, provided "three-quarters of the material I would need for the rest of my writing life." He graduated from the University of Illinois and did a year of graduate work at Harvard, then went to work for The New Yorker, beginning at $35 a week in the art department but eventually becoming fiction editor, a post he kept for 40 years. In 1945, he married Emily Noyes, a schoolteacher, and the couple had two daughters. From 1967 to 1972 Maxwell was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His short novel SO LONG, SEE YOU TOMORROW--probably his best book--won the National Book Award in 1980. Like nearly all his fiction, particularly his 1937 novel THEY CAME LIKE SWALLOWS, it is about the essential sadness of family life and the poignancy of loss. Maxwell spent much of his adult life living on New York City's Upper East Side, near the river. His wife died in July, 2000, and Maxwell followed her a week later. He was nearly 92 years old when he died, and had a productive writing life right to the end. In a 1997 article about old age and death, he wrote: "I tell myself that lying down to an afternoon nap that goes on and on through eternity is not something to be concerned about. What spoils this pleasant fancy is the recollection that when people are dead, they don't read books. This I find unbearable."

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"[Maxwell's] sensitive prose is the good and careful tool of an artist who is always doing exactly what he means to do." - Eudora Welty
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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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