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Triangular Road A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Paule Marshall
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0465019226
ISBN-13: 9780465019229
Sku: 211285847
Publish Date: 1/26/2010
Pages:  165
Age Range:  22 to UP
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In Triangular Road, famed novelist Paule Marshall tells the story of her years as a fledgling young writer in the 1960s. A memoir of self-discovery, it also offers an affectionate tribute to the inimitable Langston Hughes, who entered Marshall’s life during a crucial phase and introduced her to the world of European letters during a whirlwind tour of the continent. In the course of her journeys to Europe, Barbados, and eventually Africa, Marshall comes to comprehend the historical enormity of the African diaspora, an understanding that fortifies her sense of purpose as a writer.

In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Paule Marshall offers an indelible portrait of a young black woman coming of age as a novelist in a literary world dominated by white men.

In this memoir, which began as a series of lectures at Harvard University, novelist Paule Marshall shares her experiences as a young black woman coming of age and attempting to establish herself as a writer. Starting with her 1965 experiences during a State Department-sponsored European tour during which she traveled with Langston Hughes, Marshall reflects on her many experiences as well on her family's history and her own role as a member of the African Diaspora.
Author Bio
Paule Marshall
Paule Marshall was born in Brooklyn, but soon after moved to Barbados, where she grew up. Marshall began writing as a little girl, influenced by "talking women" who gathered around a kitchen table to speak in a conversational style that can only be described as an art. She returned to New York City to attend Hunter and then Brooklyn College, began writing full time in 1956, and married Kenneth E. Marshall in 1957. (They were divorced in 1963.) In 1970 she married Nourry Menard and has lived in New York City and the Caribbean. Marshall has a child, Evan, from her first marriage.


"This elegant, passionate, elliptical memoir of self-exploration and revelation transports the reader well beyond its origins as a series of Harvard lectures." (starred review) 12/22/2008

"TRIANGULAR ROAD reveals a strong gift for self-scrutiny made all the more revealing by quiet humor and what appears to be complete honesty. Paule Marshall has lived a full life, has accomplished much, and we can only hope to have more from her as she heads, confidently and enthusiastically, into her ninth decade." - Jonathan Yardley 03/01/2009

"Given the vigor and depth of these 165 pages, it seems a shame that it's taken Marshall, now nearing 80, so long to write a memoir. Perhaps with TRIANGULAR ROAD, she is now ready to share more of her own stories from a life as a full and compelling as any character she has ever created." - Renee Graham 04/06/2009

"[A] lovely example of a mature writer's voice, as well as a record of how she found it." - Blake Wilson 04/19/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0165
Product attributePublisher:   Basic Civitas Books
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