Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century

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A New York Times bestseller when it was first published in 1995, Coming of Age presents an astonishing portrait of American life and the experience of aging in the twentieth century, drawn from the stories of seventy-four very different people, the youngest of whom is seventy and the oldest ninety-nine. Inspiring in the honesty of their voices and their lack of nostalgia or illusions, these are people with the widest range of experiences from all around the country; many were at the vanguard of their movements, ...
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Overview


A New York Times bestseller when it was first published in 1995, Coming of Age presents an astonishing portrait of American life and the experience of aging in the twentieth century, drawn from the stories of seventy-four very different people, the youngest of whom is seventy and the oldest ninety-nine. Inspiring in the honesty of their voices and their lack of nostalgia or illusions, these are people with the widest range of experiences from all around the country; many were at the vanguard of their movements, whether of trade unions, gay liberation, or the arts. They remind us what we once were, what we have lost, and the extraordinary extent to which we've been transformed as a society over the last hundred odd years.
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"Inspired... The language spoken here is pure Terkel"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581723
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Hope Dies Last, Working, Race, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning “The Good War” (all available from The New Press). He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Biography

As a young boy in the early 1920s, Louis "Studs" Terkel moved with his family from New York to Chicago, the sprawling, high-energy city he would call home for the rest of his life. His parents managed hotels catering to a varied and colorful clientele. Listening to the conversations of the tenants, young Terkel developed an early interest in people and their stories and a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity that would lead him in many directions.

He received his law degree from the University of Chicago, but never became a practicing attorney, Instead, he worked briefly in Washington, D.C., then returned to Chicago to take a job in FDR's Works Progress Administration acting and writing plays. In 1939, he married Ida Goldberg. The marriage endured for 60 years, until Ida's death in 1999. He joined the Army during WWII but was discharged because of perforated eardrums. Around this time, he embarked on a long, varied broadcasting career as a sportscaster, news commentator, and disc jockey. He ventured into TV in the 1950s with a relaxed, breezy variety show that helped define the Chicago School of Television, but returned to radio in 1952 with the a daily program of music and interviews that continued for the next 45 years. Among a constellation of memorable guests were Buster Keaton, Billie Holiday, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Tennessee Williams, Gloria Steinem, and Bob Dylan.

Although his first book Giants of Jazz was published in 1957, Terkel's writing career began in earnest a decade later with Division Street, a book of transcribed interviews with Chicagoans from every walk of life. Hailed by The New Yorker as "totally absorbing," this groundbreaking study paved the way for bestselling oral histories of the Great Depression (Hard Times), the working class (Working), WWII (the Pulitzer Prize winner The Good War), and growing old in America (Coming of Age). He also penned several memoirs, including Talking to Myself (1977), My American Century (1997), and Touch and Go (2007).

Active and engaged to the end, Terkel died in October of 2008 at the age of 96. In its obituary, the Chicago Tribune reprinted this epigrammatic quote from the iconic writer: "My epitaph? My epitaph will be, 'Curiosity did not kill this cat."

Good To Know

Terkel's famous nickname derives from the fictional character Studs Lonigan from James T. Farrell's 1930s coming-of-age trilogy.

Famously outspoken, Terkel was blacklisted from television during the McCarthy era for his "incendiary" political views. Fortunately, he found a wider audience when he was hired by Chicago's fine arts radio station WFMT, where his program was a daily staple for 45 years.

Instantly recognizable by his attire, Terkel always wore a red-checked shirt, grey trousers, and a blue blazer.

He appeared in Eight Men Out, John Sayles's 1988 film about the Chicago Black Sox Scandal of 1919.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Louis "Studs" Terkel
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 16, 1912
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, NY
    1. Date of Death:
      October 31, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Chicago, IL

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments and Apologies     xi
Introduction     xiii
Prologue: Whose Garden Was This? David Brower     1
Part I
The Big Boys
Jack Culberg     9
Wallace Rasmussen     15
Paul Miller     20
The Money Tree
Estelle Strongin     25
Katherine "Kit" Tremaine     30
W.H. "Ping" Ferry     37
The Learning Tree
Rochelle Lee     43
Timuel Black     48
Aki Kurose     55
Gertie Fox     64
Part II
The Firm
Charles A. Bane     71
Judith Vladeck     76
Ernest Goodman     82
Hold the Fort
Victor Reuther     89
Genora Johnson Dollinger     97
Charles Hayes     105
Marvin Miller     110
Working the Land
Jessie de la Cruz     119
Merle Hansen     124
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Russell Knapp     131
Hazel Wolf     136
Part III
The Muse
Jacob Lawrence     145
Katherine Kuh     150
Katherine Dunham     155
Uta Hagen     161
Milt Hinton     168
On the Air
Norman Corwin     177
Robert St. John     182
Charlie Andrews     188
The Pitch
Charles A. Kasher     195
Danny Newman     201
Part IV
God
Rev. William Augustus Johnson     209
Betty McCollister     216
Richard McSorley, S.J.     221
Virginia Bowers     227
Community
Joe Begley     233
Wallace and Juanita Nelson     240
Raymond Koch     248
Bresci Thompson     253
Guadalupe Reyes     259
Health
Quentin Young, M.D.     265
Florence Wald, R.N.     274
Esther Thompson     279
Ted Cox     284
The "Others"
Olga Companioni     291
Harry Hay     297
Valerie Taylor     309
Part V
Public Servant
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez     317
Sophie Masloff     325
John Kenneth Galbraith     329
Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz     334
Leon "Len" Despres     341
Law and Order
Charles Lenz     347
Erskine Moore     353
Alice McGrath     361
Eldred (Bob Schneider)     368
Whistle Blower
Admiral Gene LaRocque     377
Philip Clay Roettinger     384
Stetson Kennedy     391
John Gofman, M. D.     401
Letters to the Editor
Henry "Hank" Oettinger     413
Part VI
Legacy
Sophie Mumford     423
Margot Jacoby     430
Carolyn Peery     438
Helen Nearing     446
At the Home
Millie Beck     451
Frances Freeborn Pauley     456
Bessie Doenges     462
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