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Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York A double memoir, Back Then recounts the husband-and-wife authors' parallel postwar upbringings and eventual intersection on the publishing track,...Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New YorkNonfiction A double memoir, Back Then recounts the husband-and-wife authors' parallel postwar upbringings and eventual intersection on the publishing track,...2002-06-14William Morrow
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Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Anne Bernays, Justin Kaplan; Publisher: William Morrow

A double memoir, Back Then recounts the husband-and-wife authors’ parallel postwar upbringings and eventual intersection on the publishing track, giving a nostalgic glimpse of the city before it became the millennium capital of the world. While Bernays’ and Kaplan’s lives are enviously privileged, their anecdotes are all proffered with a well-written, self-deprecating touch that’s hard to resist. On William Faulkner unexpectedly arriving at one of their dinner parties: ”It may be thrilling to realize that the man standing next to you is a writer from Olympus, but the psychic space between you is as wide as if you had four legs and fur and he two and feathers.” A captivating look at a bygone era.

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