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Striking Through The Masks: A Literary Memoir (Paperback)

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From his family background in the world of Brooklyn’s Jewish gangsters to his early years in a succession of boarding schools, and from the rough streets of New York City in the 1940s to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s, poet Morton Marcus tells the story of his growth from embattled youth to uneasy adulthood. Filled with a rogues gallery of colorful characters and innumerable anecdotes, as well as descriptions of his unconventional travels in Greece, Australia, Tahiti, Croatia and the Czech Republic, Striking Through the Masks conjures up the last half of the twentieth century and the opening years of the new millennium. While recounting his own struggle to find self-awareness and wisdom, Marcus vividly describes his life and times through intimate portraits of notable people he has known. In vignette after vignette, he strikes through the public masks of President Richard Nixon, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, composer Lou Harrison, short story writer Raymond Carver, United States Poet laureate Charles Simic and many others to glimpse private moments that show tell-tale aspects of their personalities.

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“ Simply put, you've taken on memory with the same passion with which you've taken on life. The sheer, wild vastness of this project blows me away…. You've laid down some tracks for the rest of us to walk in, and you've recovered some details many of us had forgotten…. This book is nothing short of extraordinary.” --Al Young, former Poet Laureate of California

Product Details
ISBN: 9780932319098
Publisher: Capitola Book Company
Publication Date: February 29th, 2008
Pages: 589
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