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Novelist Dan McCall details his obsessive quest to become the 1950s poster boy for American optimism. After winning multiple national speech contests and becoming “California Boy of the Year,” his appearance on the rigged TV quiz show Strike It Rich forces him to come to terms with deceptions about himself, his family, and his country. Later, as a student at Stanford, he is exhilarated and disturbed by his first experiences with alcohol and sex. He also finds himself irresistibly drawn to reading and writing fiction. The memoir is framed by McCall as a young adult in crisis, drunk and alone in a dark corner of Calcutta, facing the demons that would soon compel him to become a writer.
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About the Author
Dan McCall was the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including Beecher (Dutton Books), Triphammer (Atlantic Monthly Press), and The Example of Richard Wright (Harcourt Brace). Dan was a beloved Professor of Creative Writing and American Studies at Cornell University for forty years. His novel Jack the Bear (Doubleday), translated into a dozen languages, was made into a 20th-Century Fox feature film.
Table of Contents
1 Before And After 1
Part 1 A Christmas Revenge
Part 2 Collapse
2 Optimism For Courageous Living 9
3 Boy on a Unicycle 30
4 The Modesto Kid 44
5 The Confessions of Johnny Appleseed 67
6 Cyrano 81
7 Proud Patriots and Enlightened Citizens 97
8 Strike it Rich 113
9 A Stanford Man 128
Part 1 The Bargain
Part 2 I'm Going to Be a Writer
10 Home Again 157
11 The Far Side of the World 177
Part 1 It's All Downhill From Here
Part 2 Calcutta
12 L'envoi 193