The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford

The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford

by Ann Hulbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870238701

ISBN-13: 9780870238703

Pub. Date: 10/27/1993

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

An important moment in American literary history takes life in this stunning biography of Jean Stafford, one of the most successful, admired--and troubled--of the brilliant and influential midcentury circle of writers and critics that included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Peter Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell, Stafford's first husband. Ann…  See more details below

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An important moment in American literary history takes life in this stunning biography of Jean Stafford, one of the most successful, admired--and troubled--of the brilliant and influential midcentury circle of writers and critics that included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Peter Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell, Stafford's first husband. Ann Hulbert shows us how Stafford, raised in Colorado, the daughter of a failed writer of Westerns, came of literary age in the East, yet fiercely maintained her connection with her provincial background, forging the unique style that marked her highly acclaimed first novel, Boston Adventure; her Masterpiece, The Mountain Lion; her third novel, The Catherine Wheel; and the stories she published in The New Yorker and elsewhere, which were honored in 1970 with a Pulitzer Prize. We follow Stafford through the early experiences to which she returned again and again in her fiction, and which helped shape her disenchanted vision--her father's sudden loss of his fortune; her shame as an adolescent, living in a boardinghouse in Boulder run by her mother; her aesthetic experimentation as a member of the intellectually maverick "Barbarians" at the University of Colorado; her exciting but troubling Wanderjahr in Nazi Germany, where she watched civilization crumbling. We see her take her place as a forceful, attractive, witty, yet also insecure woman among a group of spirited young writers who were learning from and challenging their older mentors--the increasingly powerful Southern critics and the Partisan Review circle in New York. With her marriage to Lowell at twenty-four, she embarked on a feverishly creative but ill-fated course that held auguries of his and his fellow poets' tragic paths: she struggled with Catholicism, confronted domestic violence, battled with alcoholism and mental instability, and throughout it all wrote formally impeccable fiction. And we see her as she finds some happiness with her th

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870238703
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/27/1993
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
ICowboys and Indians and Magic Mountains: 1915-1936
1California and Colorado3
2The University26
IIThe Innocents Abroad: 1936-1938
3Mentors45
4Men67
IIIThe Bostonians and Other Manifestations of the American Scene: 1938-1946
5Boston87
6Catholicism109
7The Tates142
8Connecticut176
9Maine191
IVManhattan and Other Islands: 1946-1979
10Patterns223
11Peace and Disappointment261
12Isle of Arran and Samothrace309
13Long Island337
Acknowledgments379
Notes383
Index417
Permissions Acknowledgments429

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