Essays After Eighty

Essays After Eighty

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From a former Poet Laureate, a new collection of essays delivering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage point of very old age Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the a€œunknown, unanticipated galaxya€ of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight. In the transgressive and horrifyingly funny a€œNo Smoking, a€ he looks back over his lifetime, and several of his ancestorsa€™ lifetimes, of smoking unfiltered cigarettes, packs of them every day. Hall paints his past: a€œDecades followed each other a€” thirty was terrifying, forty I never noticed because I was drunk, fifty was best with a total change of life, sixty extended the bliss of fifty . . .a€ And, poignantly, often joyfully, he limns his present: a€œWhen I turned eighty and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and gained four inches.a€ Most memorably, Hall writes about his enduring love affair with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm and with the writing life that sustains him, every day: a€œYesterday my first nap was at 9:30 a.m., but when I awoke I wrote again.a€Visits to Washington have punctuated my life. I watched a victory parade in 1945. My last trip was the most memorable, early in March 2011, when I received the National Medal of Arts. Linda and I went down two days early to look at paintings anbsp;...

Title:Essays After Eighty
Author:Donald Hall
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2014-12-02


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