Pleasure has not ruled all aspects of Richard Costa's world, but books and their writers have brought innumerable hours of it to his thought-filled years. In this insightful journey through a life suffused with literature, he introduces readers to the literary figures whose paths crossed his: Somerset Maugham, H. G. Wells, Conrad Aiken, Edmund Wilson, Kingsley Amis, Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, and others. In these pages lie answers to questions, and questions for many answers. What did Wells fear more than the bombs during the London Blitz? What is Edmund Wilson's favorite of all his books? What writer, after declaring his walking-stick unbreakable, watched as Ernest Hemingway broke the stick over his own head? Why is it impossible to qdiscoverq a new book today? Readers who accompany Costa on his journey of the mind and heart will have the opportunity to experience the vicarious pleasures of a tea, a chat, and a good read in the light of literary stars.... a confession of the inverted values that have often characterized my life to say that my most memorable day was neither the day of my marriage nor the day our son was born. The best day of my life was the morning after Labor Day, 1959, in a place where the holiday is not celebrated. ... Part one, aquot;The Troubling Case of Somerset Maugham, aquot; consists of three essays that mark three distinct stages in myanbsp;...
|Title||:||An Appointment with Somerset Maugham|
|Author||:||Richard Hauer Costa|
|Publisher||:||Texas A&M University Press - 1994|