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Real People ebook

by Alison Lurie


Real People (1969) Jenny on the other hand hopes he will continue to work on his books, on which she quietly collaborates.

The writer Janet Belle Smith, wife of Clark Stockwell II, spends a summer at Illyria, an artist’s colony, along with assorted poets, artists, musicians, and the critic Leonard Zimmern. In sorting out her platonic from her sexual love affairs, she realizes she needs to write about Illyria, even though that means she can never return there. Jenny on the other hand hopes he will continue to work on his books, on which she quietly collaborates. Jenny finds love with Lee Weiss (a Zimmern cousin) at Artemis Lodge, and Wilkie decides he might as well live.

Alison Lurie, a former Cornell English professor, writes almost exclusively about professors . Real People is saved from trashiness by Lurie obvious talent.

Alison Lurie, a former Cornell English professor, writes almost exclusively about professors, academics and writers. She is one of those artists whose creative capacity is tied very closely to her reality, or to the version of her reality where she finds the inspiration to write. Writing about writers is nothing new, and can be done well. She engages proses and moves it into place to put a spotlight on her subject matter.

I have enjoyed other Alison Lurie books so was a little disappointed with this one. But I am a lot older than I was last time I read her. That may have something to do with it.

Alison Lurie (b. 1926) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970, where she taught courses on children’s literature, among others. Her first novel, Love and Friendship (1962), is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college.

From the National Book Award–shortlisted author of Foreign Affairs, this humorous story goes down pleasantly, like a glass of lemonade (The New York Times). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie including rare images from the author’s collection. Fiction Biographical. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Real People: A Novel. From the National Book Award–shortlisted author of Foreign Affairs, this humorous story goes down pleasantly, like a glass of lemonade (The New York Times). Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Open Road MediaReleased: Nov 13, 2012ISBN: 9781453271186Format: book. carousel previous carousel next. Foreign Affairs: A Novel.

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A young couple from New England's Ivy League plunges into a culture clash during a year in Los Angeles.

When a wife reaches her breaking point and her husband begins an ill-advised affair, civil war breaks out within their family. Erica Tate wouldn’t mind getting up in the morning if she enjoyed her children more. A young couple from New England's Ivy League plunges into a culture clash during a year in Los Angeles. When his mentor at Harvard University suddenly leaves for Washington, Paul Cattleman finds himself adrift in the wilds of academia.

Janet Belle Smith visits Illyria, a New England artists' colony, in hopes of improving her writing, and discovers an unexpected chance for a love affair
Sha
As a reader,I am not deeply involved in the world of fiction but have enjoyed every work of Allison Lurie that I have read. Thus, being a wise person, I plan to. Read more.
Ral
Story starts off describing an artists' retreat and the characters visiting it. By the end, the reader gets an understanding of the courage and dedication required by artists, including writers, to produce their most honest and authentic work.
Malogamand
I find Lurie's novels funny, subtle and compulsively readable
Nea
An old-fashioned book that held my interest but ultimately had little memorable about it. Lurie has a central point to make about women and the making of art when you're a woman that is dated.
blac wolf
meh
Kajishakar
A confession: I picked this book up from the library because Alison Lurie was a friend of my late grandmother, painter Rosemarie Beck, who thought highly of her (Lurie's) work. They met at Yaddo, the famous artists' colony in Saratoga, and Lurie had the nerve to write a "novel" about the place. My grandmother praised it, both for the fine writing and for the vivid truthfulness of its telling, referring to it as "a gem: as a novel, a portrait of Yaddo, a technique for being good, unafraid, a book of criticism; a lesson in how to write transparently - on all these counts a triumph." Barely half-way through, I fully agree with her assessment.

It's a marvelous, honest, cleanly-written book. However, key members of the Yaddo establishment were furious at Lurie, both at her having broken the solemn taboo against Yaddo "guests" describing its edenic nature to the prurient uninitiated, and for her having painted a too-true portrait of then-director Elizabeth Ames' spoiled, bored, unartistic daughter, who had a penchant for idly seducing male guests. My grandmother recalled a conversation she overheard about the book, between a new guest and a Yaddo staff member: "Did Ms. Lurie write it after her first visit to Yaddo?" "No, after her LAST visit."

Ms. Lurie must have known the risk that she was taking in writing and publishing "Real People": like Eve, she would be forever barred from returning to Yaddo and partaking of its luxurious ambient - fruitful to so many artists and writers for generations - and the cachet bestowed on the chosen ones fortunate enough to enjoy repeated stays and their resultant productivity. But this was a book that needed to be written, if only to immortalize a kind of magical Otherworld, to peep like Actaeon at the nymphs and demi-Gods at play. And the gossip - never mind that its 40 years old - still tastes fresh and juicy! The dialogue is written as if for a play, and the novel's narrator includes notes for possible short stories in between her perceptive and humanizing remarks. Impossible to describe how engaging this book is. Teasingly, the names of "real people" (including my grandmother!) are included side by side with thinly disguised pseudonyms of other "real people". No doubt sensibilities were inflamed and assaulted, but bravo to Ms. Lurie for sharing! The book is probably a better read now than it was in the '60s.
AfinaS
Alison Lurie, a former Cornell English professor, writes almost exclusively about professors, academics and writers. She is one of those artists whose creative capacity is tied very closely to her reality, or to the version of her reality where she finds the inspiration to write.

Writing about writers is nothing new, and can be done well. Joyce did it to great effect in the age of High literary modernism through his character Stephen Daedalus; in that stage of writing about writers, the main objective, it seems, was to show the writer as the new Priest. The writer was to forge the new myths of the modern age. For Joyce, this had purposeful and ironic consequences, since the world, then as now, perhaps does not need priests old or new.

In Real People, Lurie show the exploits of a group of writers and artist in the summer colony of Ilyria. Gone are the days of Joyce, where writing about writing was to create grand statements about the role of the writer and his or her craft in society.

Real People is more about the process of writing and creating art, and the innumerable obstacles that artists encounter. It is more obsessed by the clash of personalities that about a clash of culture, perhaps because that battle was fought and already won or lost.

Real People is saved from trashiness by Lurie obvious talent. She knows how to parse a moment with explicit and exact language. She engages proses and moves it into place to put a spotlight on her subject matter. And this saves the novel.
Real People ebook
Author:
Alison Lurie
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Literary
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Henry Holt & Co (February 1, 1998)
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163 pages
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