Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age

Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age

by Richard Selzer

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This memoir, set in Troy, New York, during the Great Depression of the 1930s and is a classic rite-of-passage tale. Selzer was the son of two strong-willed parents, both of whom tried to shape their son to their own desires and ends. His father, the doctor, wanted his son to be a physician and to follow in his footsteps. His mother, a singer, wanted her son to become a writer. Richard struggled to choose as his emotions were buffeted by his parents and their persuasive and subtle argumentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870136030
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Selzer is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a former surgeon and professor of surgery. Selzer taught writing at Yale University and is the recipient of dozens of awards and honors, including a Pushcart Prize, National Magazine Award (for his essays), an American Medical Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work has been published in New American Review, Esquire, Harper's, and other periodicals.

Table of Contents

Down from Troy

Photographs of Troy
by Peter Josyph

Afterword: The Frayed Rope Bridge of Memory
by Peter Josyph

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Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not easy to stay interested but he does portray Troy aptly for that era.