Dreaming of Hitler
Daphne Merkin (Author)
DescriptionFew writers today have created more stir than Daphne Merkin, who is admired as much for her personal daring as for the wit and power of her prose. Whether writing about her own cosmetic surgery "fix," the subversive thrill of shoplifting, or the seductive fantasies of lesbianism, Merkin is tough-minded, compulsively readable, and at times recklessly candid. The bold and startling title essay, in which she confronts the demons of the Holocaust, is an example of this gifted, provocative writer at her most affecting. And the now-celebrated essay on the sexual pleasures of spanking, which caused a sensation when it was first published in "The New Yorker," is Merkin at her best -- bold, bracingly intelligent, richly entertaining, illuminating the often tragicomic secrets that are the true story of how we live now.
January 29, 1999
6.16 X 0.95 X 8.02 inches | 1.09 pounds
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About the Author
Daphne Merkin is the author of the novel Enchantment, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme, as well as two collections of essays, and a memoir, This Close to Happy. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, her essays frequently appear in The New York Times, Bookforum, The New Republic, Departures, ELLE, Travel + Leisure, Tablet, and many other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, and Hunter College, and she currently teaches at Columbia University's MFA program. She lives in New York City.