Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On by Frank Conroy
Observations Then and Now

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For thirty years, Frank Conroy's commentaries on life, music, and writing have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, and GQ. DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON collects these pieces into an autobiography in journalistic snapshots. They evoke Conroy's southern childhood, his teen years in New York as a truant hanging out at pool halls and Harlem jazz clubs, his first glimmers of the power of language and the writing life in college, his romantic life, and his experiences as a teacher and as director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Here, too, are profiles of the musicians he has come to know -- and jammed with: Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, Peter Serkin, even the Rolling Stones.
New essays fill out the collection from Conroy's wry retrospective viewpoint. DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON is imbued with the honesty, humor, and insight that made his memoir STOP-TIME a classic.
 

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FRANK CONROY is the director of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist.
 
Published April 22, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Essays old and new from writer’s writer Conroy (Body and Soul, 1993, etc.), who eschews fireworks in favor of the dead-on observation as he considers topics ranging from fatherhood to the Rolling Stones to leaving New York.

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Conroy (Body & Soul) delivers a running commentary on life in this collection of articles and essays, at once subtle and dazzling, written over the past 25 years.

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Read an Excerpt In this fine collection, Conroy collects 22 of his articles and essays, spanning a quarter of a century, in which he takes on big subjects: childhood, fatherhood, family, education, writing, and jazz.

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