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Author Masters, Hilary.

Title In Montaigne's tower : essays / by Hilary Masters.

Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.54 MASTERS    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 167 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
Contents Going to Cuba 1 -- Making It Up 21 -- Disorderly Conduct 28 -- About Hilary 49 -- Passing through Pittsburgh 53 -- My Father's Image 60 -- Leaving the Party 65 -- Everyone Was Alive in 1924 72 -- Brother Story 76 -- Winfield Townley Scott 85 -- So Long, Natty Bumppo 98 -- Connections 103 -- A Day in Burgundy 117 -- Shape of the River 132 -- In Montaigne's Tower 136 -- Son of Spoon River 144 -- Three Places in Ohio 152.
Summary In Montaigne's Tower is an engaging collection of personal essays written in the discursive mode of Montaigne, the author's mentor and model. Masters, who is known for his distinctive use of memory to define the present moment, uses his own perceptions, experiences, and sensibilities to examine familiar subjects like politics, human sexuality, abandonment, family relations, and even death. His essays are not meant to advance a cause or prove a point, but rather to explore universal subjects in terms of his own life. Most of them deal in some way with his career as a self-made man of letters.
Masters is an accomplished writer, and these essays, with their exact prose and narrative flow, reflect that. Most of them have appeared in such journals as the Ohio Review, New England Review, New Letters, and Sewanee Review. "Going to Cuba" was awarded the Monroe Spears prize as the best essay to appear in the Sewanee Review. "In Montaigne's Tower" and "Making It Up" were selected for Best Essays of 1998 and Best American Essays respectively.
ISBN 0826212662 (alk. paper)
082621262X (jkt.)