Boy On A Unicycle: Confessions Of A Young Man Trained To Be A Winner

Boy On A Unicycle: Confessions Of A Young Man Trained To Be A Winner

by Dan McCall


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Boy On A Unicycle: Confessions Of A Young Man Trained To Be A Winner by Dan McCall

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944853334
Publisher: Outpost19
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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

Foreword i

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

Afterword 209

Acknowledgments 214

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