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An unexpected life

Author: Joseph Blotner
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This memoir tells the story of a life marked by unlooked-for good fortune - a life at once distinctive and representative of a generation. Joseph Blotner describes how from ordinary beginnings he underwent the trials of being taken captive in World War II, experienced the pleasures and perils of family life, and became an esteemed scholar and the biographer of the literary giants William Faulkner and Robert Penn
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joseph Blotner; Joseph Blotner; Joseph Leo Blotner
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Blotner
ISBN: 0807130397 9780807130391
OCLC Number: 56368386
Description: xi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The real thing --
The sixth mission --
Kriegsgefangen --
The turn of the year --
The end of the road --
Return and reentry --
Getting on with life --
Resetting the compass --
Beginning the climb --
Is that all there is? --
Heading west --
The university and Mr. Faulkner --
Moving between worlds --
In pursuit of Faulkner --
Professional joy and private woe --
Have lecture, will travel --
Magic carpet --
The USSR, Rome, home --
Ending and beginnings --
View from Lookout Mountain.
Responsibility: Joseph Blotner.
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"This memoir tells the story of a life marked by unlooked-for good fortune - a life at once distinctive and representative of a generation. Joseph Blotner describes how from ordinary beginnings he underwent the trials of being taken captive in World War II, experienced the pleasures and perils of family life, and became an esteemed scholar and the biographer of the literary giants William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren."

"Blotner recounts his early years and studies, his ordeals as a Flying Fortress bombardier who was shot down, his harrowing time as a German prisoner of war, and the career trajectory that took him from testing Surf detergent commercials to succeeding in publishing and academia. He offers a riveting and remarkably clear-eyed view of Faulkner, with whom he developed a close friendship. Faulkner appears here in a new light, as a private man judging track meets, dining with friends, and falling in love with an aspiring writer from Tennessee."

"An Unexpected Life goes on to narrate Blotner's international travels, the death of his wife, and his remarriage. At each turn, Blotner introduces the diverse individuals he has met, measuring his years against the historical backdrop, including the cold war. The result is an autobiography that encompasses passion as well as privation, comedy as well as drama."--Jacket.

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