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Mrs. Nixon : a novelist imagines a life

Author: Ann Beattie
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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"Pat Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon's wife: "interchangeable with a Martian," she said. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man. Drawing on a wealth of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Belletristische Darstellung
Fiction
Biographical fiction
Biography
Named Person: Pat Nixon; Pat / 1912-1993 / Fiction Nixon; Pat Nixon; Pat Nixon; Pat Nixon; Ann Beattie
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Beattie
ISBN: 9781439168714 1439168717 9781439168738 1439168733
OCLC Number: 709673345
Description: 282 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Missus Nixon
Responsibility: Ann Beattie.
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"Pat Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon's wife: "interchangeable with a Martian," she said. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man. Drawing on a wealth of sources from Life magazine to accounts by Nixon's daughter and his doctor to The Haldeman Diaries and Jonathan Schell's The Time of Illusion, Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon's point of view. Like Stephen King's On Writing, this fascinating and intimate account offers readers a rare glimpse into the imagination of a writer."--Jacket.

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"Beattie has created a resplendent paean to the pleasures of the literary imagination , and a riveting and mischievous, revealing and revitalizing portrait of an overlooked woman."-Donna Seaman, Read more...

 
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