|*Author: Conroy, Frank *Publication Date: 1993/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75|
|From the Publisher:
First published in 1967, Stop-Time was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of modern American autobiography, a brilliant portrayal of one boy's passage from childhood to adolescence and beyond. Here is Frank Conroy's wry, sad, beautiful tale of life on the road; of odd jobs and lost friendships, brutal schools and first loves; of a father's early death and a son's exhilarating escape into manhood.
Conroy grew up in Manhattan and rural Florida. Following the chaotic childhood he described in his memoir STOP-TIME with an abusive, deranged father and neglectful mother, he attended Haverford College, where he says he was saved by "books and jazz." He married and moved to New York, became a literary figure, and was awarded a number of grants. STOP-TIME was a huge critical success but sold poorly. Divorced in 1970, Conroy began to drink heavily and, in 1971, moved to Nantucket, where he remarried, began teaching, and played piano in a jazz quintet. He continued to publish short stories and nonfiction (including a sequel to STOP-TIME), and in 1993 the novel BODY AND SOUL. From 1981 to 1987 was director of the literature program at the N.E.A., then of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, a post he held until his death from colon cancer at the age of 69.
"'Stop-Time' is unique, an autobiography with the intimate unprotected candor of a novel. What makes it special, however, is the style, dry as an etching, sparse, elegant, modest, cheerful. Conroy has that subtle sense of the proportion of things which one usually finds only in established writers just after the mellowing of their career."
- Norman Mailer