Resonant Lives: Sixty Figures of Consequence

Resonant Lives: Sixty Figures of Consequence

by Paul Greenberg
     
 

Paul Greenberg's word portraits of significant political, historical, and literary figures are gathered together here for the first time. This nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing has a flair for capturing in a brief span the essence of a personality and the mark that person has made on the world. Includes

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Paul Greenberg's word portraits of significant political, historical, and literary figures are gathered together here for the first time. This nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing has a flair for capturing in a brief span the essence of a personality and the mark that person has made on the world. Includes essays on Beckett, Faubus, Fulbright, Gromyko, Kennan, Lincoln, Mencken, Moyniham, Orwell, and Swaggart, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Isasc Bashevis Singer, Jesse Jackson, Richard Nixon, Ayn Rand and Robert E. Lee. Greenberg's column appears in the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Louisville Courier, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and some fifty other papers.

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Booklist
Startling in their insight, eloquent, and amazingly rich in detail, these 50 previously published essays truly do resonate the meaning.
Shreveport Journal
...irresistable stories....
The Washington Times
In an age when society and not the individual matters, how refreshing it is to come across a writer who examines the lives, styles and ideas of extraordinary individuals, good and bad, as insights to current history, as keys to unlock the mysteries of our own lives and reveal the codes of our times.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These 50 short profiles of political, literary and historical figures are a mixed bag. Nationally syndicated columnist Greenberg offers a wonderful debunking of Ayn Rand, punctures Nixon's pretensions as elder statesman and files perceptives sketches of Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, I. F. Stone, Jimmy Swaggart and Rudolph Hess. Though most of the pieces are no more than three or four pages in length, Greenberg musters literary insights into Flannery O'Connor's work and soundly takes to task senator Sam Ervin for his civil rights record. However, many of the pieces have the slapped-together quality of a newspaper column. Greenberg heaps scorn on Jesse Jackson and Andrei Gromyko, calls George Kennan an ``apostle of appeasement'' and condemns New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg for being ``monstrously, repeatedly wrong about what would happen in Cambodia after a Communist victory.'' (Aug.)
Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Greenberg captures the essence of 50 contributors to politics, literature, and history in these short sketches, some of them obituaries, collected for the first time. Such diverse figures as George Washington, Orville Faubus, Samuel Beckett, and H.L. Mencken appear, treated with a clarity and brevity characteristic of journalism at its best. In one sketch Greenberg defends writer John O'Hara by pointing out how much more dynamic his prose is than that of Henry James, who always puts him to sleep. The conservative political tone, though irksome at times, never descends into bigotry; on the contrary, a strong support of civil rights is evident in several of the sketches. Despite Greenberg's journalistic talents, however, this volume has a limited appeal. The pieces, while enlightening, are too brief to provide any but the most cursory of information.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896331532
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.69(d)

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