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The Resource The shadow man, Mary Gordon

The shadow man, Mary Gordon

Label
The shadow man
Title
The shadow man
Statement of responsibility
Mary Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""My father died when I was seven years old. I've always thought that was the most important thing anyone could know about me." The beloved, lost father - the Shadow Man: in this searing memoir, one of America's finest writers discovers the truth about the man whose romantic image defined her life." "But who was David Gordon really? In Mary Gordon's memories of him, he was an erudite and charming man: an intellectual, a writer and publisher, a Harvard dropout and Jazz Age bohemian. But at midlife she began to question these loving memories and to go in search of the man whose presence - and absence - haunted her life. Unburying startling truths, Gordon discovers both a devoted, inventive, and loving father and a person desperate to cover up the underside of the immigrant's encounter with the American dream. As Gordon tracks her father - in the archives, in libraries, in the middle of America - she uncovers lies, despair, madness: a man who lied about many things, including his date and place of birth, his native language, his family, his education. A Jew born in the last years of the nineteenth century, he became a convert to Catholicism and to right-wing politics, a literary critic who was also a pornographer, and a vicious anti-Semite. As a realistic portrait of her father emerges, Mary Gordon reevaluates herself in the light of these painful discoveries about her heritage and past."--Jacket
Summary
The author shares her memories of the father who died when she was a child and her discovery of the truth about his life and death and the secrets he hid
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
218279
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gordon, Mary
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.O669
LC item number
Z467 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gordon, Mary
  • Gordon, Mary
  • Novelists, American
  • Families
  • Novelists, American
Target audience
adult
Label
The shadow man, Mary Gordon
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random0412/95025690.html
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowing my father -- Reading my father -- Tracking my father in the archives -- Seeing past the evidence -- Transactions made among the living. My mother is speaking from the desert. Unburying and burying my father. A journal
Control code
ocm33276701
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 274 pages
Isbn
9780679428855
Lccn
95025690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)33276701
Label
The shadow man, Mary Gordon
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random0412/95025690.html
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowing my father -- Reading my father -- Tracking my father in the archives -- Seeing past the evidence -- Transactions made among the living. My mother is speaking from the desert. Unburying and burying my father. A journal
Control code
ocm33276701
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 274 pages
Isbn
9780679428855
Lccn
95025690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)33276701

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