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Nothing gold can stay : a memoir

Author: Walter Sullivan
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From Walter Sullivan's childhood in 1920s Nashville, where his father died three months after he was born, to the halls of Vanderbilt University, where he taught creative writing for more than fifty years, Sullivan recalls key episodes in his life - often pausing to ponder why some memories of seemingly trivial events persist while others, seemingly more important, have faded from view.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sullivan, Walter, 1924-2006.
Nothing gold can stay.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2006
(OCoLC)645993104
Named Person: Walter Sullivan
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Sullivan
ISBN: 0826216315 9780826216311
OCLC Number: 61211190
Description: x, 196 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Walter Sullivan.
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"From Walter Sullivan's childhood in 1920s Nashville, where his father died three months after he was born, to the halls of Vanderbilt University, where he taught creative writing for more than fifty years, Sullivan recalls key episodes in his life - often pausing to ponder why some memories of seemingly trivial events persist while others, seemingly more important, have faded from view.".

"As witness to a series of social and cultural moments, Sullivan passes on his observations about depression and war, southern renascence and civil rights. He also includes lively anecdotes and sharp character sketches, with personalities ranging from his grandmother "Chigger" and Sally Fudge - who had lived through the Civil War and was said to attend the funerals of people she didn't know - to Mrs. Gertrude Vanderbilt, with whose eccentricities he sometimes had to contend.".

"Readers will discover a treasure trove of insights, as Sullivan's views of academic life are complemented by remembrances of important writers: John Crowe Ransom, Robert Lowell, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, James Dickey, Flannery O'Connor, and a host of others, blending the formal and familiar in a style befitting a lingering southernness. He also recalls his shock at being branded a racist by Kingsley Amis and addresses issues of race in academia and southern culture. throughout his career, he sees himself as a guardian of lost causes, continuing to teach an appreciation of literature in the face of encroaching post-structuralism and political correctness."--BOOK JACKET.

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