One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir

David Lehman (Author)

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$22.95  $21.11
Cornell University Press
Publish Date
October 15, 2019
6.35 X 0.81 X 8.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

David Lehman is a poet and writer whose many books include New and Selected Poems, The Daily Mirror, and Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World. For A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, he won ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award. Lehman is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He divides his time between Ithaca, New York, and New York City.


"Poet and critic Lehman...brilliantly captures the despair, uncertainty, and anger he felt in these 100 short reflections on life, death, and writing. Lehman's exquisite essays illustrate the ways that beauty can flow out of pain."

--Starred Review "Publisher's Weekly "

"Lehman's memoir pulses with life and memory."

--The New York Jewish Week

"While in throes of fighting cancer, David Lehman wrote every day he could, as a way of imaginatively affirming his existence and escaping the terrible ordeals of pain, dread, and emotional chaos. First of all figuring out a formal strategy, as expert poets do, Lehman then crafts a brilliant, inventive portrait of a mind, in language in which everything counts. The book's moral seriousness and theological and ancestral powers provide extreme aesthetic pleasure--Lehman's forms of language are forms of life, always life. One Hundred Autobiographies teaches and instructs its fortunate readers, like all great literature, which it is."

--Literary Hub