The Inman Diary: A Public and Private Confession, Volume 1

Harvard University Press, 1985 - 1661 pages
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a chamber opera by Thomas Oboe Lee
based on the life and writings of Arthur Crew Inman

and on the play Visitations by Lorenzo DeStefano

September 14-16, 2007
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Massachusetts College of Art
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Between 1919 and his death by suicide in 1963, Arthur Crew Inmanwrote what is surely one of the fullest diaries ever kept by any American.Convinced that his bid for immortality required complete candor, heheld nothing back. This abridgment of the original 155 volumes is atonce autobiography, social chronicle, and an apologia addressed to unborn readers.

Into this fascinating record Inman poured memories of a privilegedAtlanta childhood, disastrous prep-school years, a nervous collapse incollege followed by a bizarre life of self-diagnosed invalidism. Confinedto a darkened room in his Boston apartment, he lived vicariously:through newspaper advertisements he hired "talkers" to tell him thestories of their lives, and he wove their strange histories into the diary.Young women in particular fascinated him. He studied their moods,bought them clothes, fondled them, and counseled them on their loveaffairs. His marriage in 1923 to Evelyn Yates, the heroine of the diary,survived a series of melodramatic episodes. While reflecting on nationalpolitics, waifs and revolutions, Inman speaks directly about his fears,compulsions, fantasies, and nightmares, coaxing the reader into intimacy with him. Despite his shocking self-disclosures he emerges as anoddly impressive figure.

This compelling work is many things: a case history of a deeply troubled man; the story of a transplanted and self-conscious southerner; ahistorical overview of Boston illuminated with striking cityscapes; anodd sort of American social history. But chiefly it is, as Inman himselfcame to see, a gigantic nonfiction novel, a new literary form. As it movesinexorably toward a powerful denouement, The Inman Diary is an addictive narrative.


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Inman (1895-1963), a sensitive would-be poet from a moneyed family, virtually withdrew from normal existence after a breakdown in early manhood. With necessities seen to by wife and staff, he ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Introducing Arthur Inman
Arthur Remembers 18951919
Arthur after the Crash 19291937
The Chronicler Assessed 19511963
A Medical Report on Arthur Inman
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À propos de l'auteur (1985)

Daniel Baruch Aaron was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 4, 1912. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1933 and the first doctoral degree in American civilization from Harvard University. He taught English at Smith College for 30 years. During wartime shortages of manpower, he worked on a farm and as a volunteer police officer. In 1979, he co-founded the nonprofit Library of America. The company has published millions of copies of over 250 moderately priced novels, memoirs, narrative histories, forgotten masterpieces, and other classics. He wrote several books during his lifetime including Men of Good Hope: A Story of American Progressives, Writers on the Left: Episodes in American Literary Communism, and The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War. His memoirs include The Americanist and Commonplace Book, 1934-2012. He condensed the 155 volume journal of failed poet and scion of Southern wealth Arthur Crew Inman into The Inman Diary: A Public and Private Confession. In 2010, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal as a scholar and as the founding president of the Library of America. He died from complications of pneumonia on April 30, 2016 at the age of 103.

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