Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen (häftad)
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Beckham Publications Group
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Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen (häftad)

Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen

A Memoir

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Sidney Offit was the man. He was there. And now Manhattan's keenest anecdotist invites the reader to the party of his lifetime. For more than a half century he has interacted with one public figure after another, and now recounts to our utter glee, what he saw, did, and heard. Offit  pushes the reader--already satiated--to the greedy expectation after each chapter of, who's next? 

Mixing with a remarkable and diverse crowd, led Sidney to run-ins and adventures with Truman Capote ("What kind of guy are you?"), Jackie Kennedy (in a corner), Kurt Vonnegut (who identified Sidney as his "best friend"), the incomparable Toni Morrison, and other bards, muses, and just plain folk. Their conversations are recalled with gentle humor and a keen eye for a New York where casual and spontaneous encounters may shape what the country reads or where a stroll around the corner can change a life..

Sidney Offit's charming memoir of a writer's life ingeniously reflects some of the greatest (and most infamous) literary, political, and sports personalities of our century. His early days in Baltimore (where he met H. L. Mencken and entertained Robert Frost) are as engaging as his later encounters with Dylan Thomas, John Steinbeck, Pablo Neruda, Heinrich Böll, and some of the era's greatest ballplayers: Robinson, Mantle, Mays, and Williams.

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"what a wonderful book—as they say in dublin, 'i couldn't leave it down!' his novelist's

eye, boundless generosity of spirit, and robust delight in the strenuous pleasures of

metropolitan life are evident on every page of this irresistible memoir by a perennially

youthful gentleman of letters."  

                 .                       —joel connaroe, president emeritus of the j. s. guggenheim foundation

"[sidney offit's] latest contribution to american letters is wise, intimate, and historically

invaluable. I gulped it down with amazement. Offit made me laugh. And in just one

sentence, he made me cry .... I love every word. I even love the commas. But most of

all, I love a big-hearted gentleman curious about people who writes like an angel."

—patricia volk, author of To My Dearest Friends

"this astonishing memoir proves that if you know sidney offit, as i do, you are no more

than one degree of separation from everybody you ever heard of, and I mean Pearl

Buck, Sly Stallone, Borges, Pele .... "

—roy blount jr., author of Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South

"this book stands in the first rank of american autobiographies and gives us a matchless

contribution to our recent social and cultural history."

—charles bracelen flood, former president of pen american center

"knowing sid has been one of the great pleasures of my life—he is unique in today's

world: a true man-about-town, but one who views his friends and acquaintances with

the greatest generosity and compassion."

—mary pope osborne, author of the magic tree house series




  1. H. L. Mencken: Lessons in Smoking and First- Edition Best Bets

  2. Baker, Barth, and a Sanskrit Scholar (1946–1950)

  3. Alger Hiss, Owen Lattimore, and My Top- Secret Clearance(1947– Circa 1994}

  4. Robert Frost and My Phantom of Delight (1949)

  5. A Job Offer from “President- Elect” Henry A. Wallace (Circa 1947)

  6. Dylan Thomas, Wally Cox, Marlon Brando —A Village Tour

  7. with Bon Vivant Valensi Mine a Double with Ogden Nash

  8. Jazz with Rachmaninoff’s Piano, Courtesy of William Kapell 

  9. 12. James Baldwin, J. D. Salinger, and VFMA Samizdat