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The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

by Charles Simic

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Provides glimpses into the origins of Charles Simic's poetry


Provides glimpses into the origins of Charles Simic's poetry

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Library Journal
This collection gathers the writings of poet Simic (A Wedding in Hell, LJ 11/1/94) on a wide variety of topics, ranging from food's relationship to happiness to tragic events in Yugoslavia. Of the 18 articles included, most have appeared previously in Antaeus and other literary reviews. Several introductions and occasional pieces, along with a selection of notebook entries, flesh out the volume. Two biographical sketches, "Luneville Diary," which deals with Simic's U.S. Army experiences in France, and "Lady Be Good," an account of simic's affair, as a young man, with an older woman, are especially moving. The latter, an excerpt from a memoir in progress, promises a rich reading experience to come. For literary collections.-William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib.

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University of Michigan Press
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Poets on Poetry Series
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2007–2008.

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