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Book Title: Miss MacIntosh, my Darling|
Date of issue: 1966
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The author of the book: Marguerite Young
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.50 MB
Edition: Peter Owen
Read full description of the books Miss MacIntosh, my Darling:Already acclaimed in the USA as one of the most ambitious and remarkable literary achievements of our time, Miss Macintosh, My Darling has become an American best-seller. During the seventeen years of its writing, through its appearance of sections in literary magazines, the work already achieved international recognition. It is a picaresque, psychological novel – a journey in search of reality in a world of illusion and nightmare. It is also an epic of what might be called the Arabian Nights of American life.
The author deftly creates her bizarre characters with humour and deep understanding. Miss MacIntosh, downright and normal, with an incorruptible sense of humour; Catherine Cartwheel, the opium lady, a recluse who is shut away in a great New England seaside house and entertains imaginary guests; Mr Spitzer, the lawyer, musical composer and mystical space traveller, a gentle man, wholly unsure of himself and reality; his twin brother, the gay and raffish gambler and virtuoso in the world of sports; cousin Hannah, the horsewoman, balloonist, mountain-climber and militant Boston feminist; Titus Bonebreaker of Chicago, wildman of God, dreaming of a heavenly crown; the very efficient hangman, Mr Weed; these are a few who live with phantasmagorical vividness.
The novel touches on many aspects of contemporary life – drug addiction, woman's suffrage, murder, suicide, pregnancy both real and imaginary, schizophrenia, many strange loves, the psychology of gambling – but the profusion of this huge book serves always to intensify the central question, 'what is reality?'
Read information about the authorMarguerite Vivian Young was an American author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism. Her work evinced an interest in the American identity, social issues, and environmentalism.
Her first book of poetry was published in 1937, while she was teaching high-school English in Indianapolis. In that same year, she visited New Harmony, Indiana, the site of two former utopian communities, where her mother and stepfather resided. She relocated to New Harmony and spent seven years there, beginning work on Angel in the Forest, a study of utopian concepts and communities.
Angel in the Forest was published in 1945 to universal acclaim, winning the Guggenheim and Newberry Library awards. Over the next fifty years, while maintaining an address in New York's Greenwich Village, she traveled extensively and wrote articles, poetry, and book reviews for numerous magazines and newspapers. She was also renowned as a teacher of writing at a number of venues, including the New School for Social Research and Fordham University.
Marguerite Young's epic novel, Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, was informed by her concept of history and pluralistic psychology, as well as her poetic prose style with its many layers of images and languages.
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