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Suitable accommodations : an autobiographical story of family life : the letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963

Author: J F Powers; Katherine A Powers
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Best known for his 1963 National Book Award-winning novel, Morte D'Urban, and as a master of the short story, J.F. Powers drew praise from Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth, among others. Though Powers's fiction dwelt chiefly on the lives of Catholic priests, he long planned to write a novel of family life, a feat he never accomplished. He did, however, write thousands of letters, which,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: J F Powers; J F Powers; James F Powers
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J F Powers; Katherine A Powers
ISBN: 9780374268060 0374268061
OCLC Number: 840937632
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxiii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Fortunately, I am under no obligation to earn a living wage. September 8, 1942-November 6, 1945 --
With you it will be like being ten years old again. November 12, 1945-November 29, 1945 --
Should a giraffe have to dig dandelions? December 4, 1945-January 26, 1946 --
It would seem you have the well-known business sense. January 29, 1946-February 14, 1946 --
I am like Daniel Boone cutting my way through that bourgeois wilderness. February 14, 1946-April 26, 1946 --
Something seems to be missing, and you say it's me. Memorial Day 1946-April 3, 1947 --
Camaraderie. July 9, 1947-October 14, 1947 --
I've a few stipulations to read into the rural-life-family-life jive. November 6, 1947-April 5, 1948 --
The truth about me is that I just don't qualify as the ideal husband. July 1948-Christmas 1948 --
If you can't win with me, stop playing the horses! January 18, 1949-September 6, 1949 --
I'm beyond the point where I think the world is waiting for me as for the sunrise. September 19, 1949-October 7, 1951 --
The water, the green, the vines, stone walls, the pace, all to my taste. November 7, 1951-November 3, 1952 --
In Ireland, I am an American. Here, I'm nothing. Christmas 1952-June 3, 1953 --
A place too good to believe we live in. October 5, 1953-April 14, 1954 --
I had a very fine time--laughing as I hadn't in years. April 23, 1954-July 14, 1954 --
There have been times, though not recently, when it has seemed to me that I might escape the doom of man. September 2, 1954-January 10, 1956 --
Four children now, Jack. And this year, the man said, bock beer is not available in this area. February 29, 1956-August 24, 1956 --
The man downstairs is entertaining tonight. Pansy and Dwight are quiet. September 25, 1956-January 12, 1957 --
This room is like a dirty bottle, but inside is vintage solitude. January 23, 1957-August 1, 1957 --
Scabrous Georgian, noble views of the sea, turf in the fireplaces. October 14, 1957-February 13, 1958 --
The office is in Dublin, on Westland Row. February 26, 1958-July 23, 1958 --
About Don, I haven't been the same since I read your letter. July 26, 1958-November 29, 1958 --
Back and wondering why. December 22, 1958-August 25, 1959 --
The J.F. Powers Company: "The Old Cum Permissu Superiorum Line". September 19, 1959-June 14, 1960 --
No money is the story of my life. July 6, 1960-April 3, 1962 --
The day was like other days, with the author napping on the floor in the middle of the afternoon. April 12, 1962-September 1962 --
As a winner, let me say you can't win, not on this course. October 23, 1962-August 29, 1963 --
Ireland grey and grey and grey, then seen closer, green, green, green. September 23, 1963-Christmas 1963 --
Afterword: Growing up in this story.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited by Katherine A. Powers.

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Best known for his 1963 National Book Award-winning novel, Morte D'Urban was a master of the short story. He also wrote thousands of letters. This book presents a selection of these letters that  Read more...

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