Open Book PA

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2004-12-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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An Open Book is the exuberant, wonderfully entertaining story of how comics and adventure novels, poetry and Proust can change your life. Hailed by readers and critics alike, An Open Book is, in the words of literary critic Morris Dickstein, "charming, memorable, and irresistible ... a glowing tribute to the world of books and the life of the mind." In its pages, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist Michael Dirda re-creates, with captivating humor and poignancy, his boyhood in working-class Ohio and his later education at Oberlin College. Along the way he recalls his colorful family, friends, and teachers-and the great writers and fictional characters who fueled his imagination. Like Eudora Welty's One Writer's Beginnings before it, "this marvelous memoir" (Kirkus Reviews) conveys all the excitement of a lifelong passion for reading. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Michael Dirda is a longtime writer and editor for the Washington Post Book World

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 13
Learning to Read
p. 21
p. 48
p. 70
p. 90
Turning the Pages
p. 107
p. 126
p. 147
Adult Material
p. 157
p. 176
p. 186
p. 202
p. 220
p. 228
A Liberal Education
p. 243
p. 254
p. 261
p. 268
p. 278
p. 285
p. 295
p. 305
Epiloguep. 319
Michael Dirda's Book Listp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Indexp. 329
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