Back Then: Two Literary Lives in 1950s New York

Back Then: Two Literary Lives in 1950s New York

by Anne Bernays, Justin Kaplan
     
 

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Novelist Anne Bernays and biographer Justin Kaplan — both native New Yorkers — came of age in the 1950s, when the pent-up energies of the Depression years and World War II were at flood tide. Written in two separate voices, Back Then is thecandid, anecdotal account of these two children of privilege — one from New York's East Side, the

Overview

Novelist Anne Bernays and biographer Justin Kaplan — both native New Yorkers — came of age in the 1950s, when the pent-up energies of the Depression years and World War II were at flood tide. Written in two separate voices, Back Then is thecandid, anecdotal account of these two children of privilege — one from New York's East Side, the other from the West Side — pursuing careers in publishing and eventually leaving to write their own books.

Infused with intelligence and charm, Back Then is an elegant reflection on the transformative years in the lives of two young people and New York City. Marked by their youthful passions, this double memoir marries the authors' distinct literary styles with a riveting narrative that captures the density and texture of private, social, and working life in the 1950s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060958053
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
922,045
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich, as well as two works of nonfiction, including The Language of Names written with Justin Kaplan and What If? written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them The Nation, the New York Times, Town & Country, and Sports Illustrated. She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts with her husband, Justin Kaplan. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Justin Kaplan is also the author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is general editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is married to the novelist Anne Bernays. They have three daughters and six grandchildren, and live in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
September 14, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
Wellesley College, 1948-1950; B A., Barnard College, 1952

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