With Gissing in Italy : The Memoirs of Brain Boru Dunne

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
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In 1897, at age nineteen, American Brian Boru Dunne was an aspiring journalist, who chanced to meet the Englishman George Gissing at the height of his career as a novelist. He was somewhat awed, but not unduly intimidated, by the renowned writer, and his vigorous personality drew Gissing into many frank and unguarded conversations. Stored away until after Dunne's death, his fully wrought memoirs of these conversations and the description of their meetings are the essence of this volume. With Gissing in Italy is the only portrait we have of the quotidian life, both trivial and important, happy and sad, of George Gissing at this point in his career, observed with the eye of a journalist, by a young man with no other concern than an accurate and lively painting of his own life with an eminent English writer living abroad, freed from the misery of his domestic life.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(44)
MS-A: The Memoir
MS-B: The Revision of MS-A
MS-C: The First Article
MS-D: The Second Article
MS-E: Excerpts from "Personal Recollections of a Friend"
MS-F: The List of Topics
Appendix 1: A Radio Talk 161(11)
Alfred Morang
Appendix 2: Brian Boru Dunne, "Cardinal Gibbons and Longevity" 172(4)
Appendix 3: Brian Boru Dunne, "`My Ten Rules of Oratory,' by William Jennings Bryan, as Dictated to Brian Boru Dunne" 176(15)
Appendix 4: An Interview with Mark Twain? 191(10)
Bibliography of Works Cited 201(2)
Index of Names, Titles, and Miscellanea 203(4)
Subject Index of the Memoirs 207

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