Getting Personal by Philip Lopate
Selected Essays

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From the man whose name is synonymous with the contemporary personal essay, Getting Personal is a rich and ambitious collection that spans Phillip Lopate's career as an essayist, teacher, film critic, father, son, and husband. Witty, insightful, deeply meditative, and self-revelatory, with his characteristic candor and curmudgeonly charm, he explores himself, his life, his family, his religion, and his friends.

About Philip Lopate

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Currently the John Cranford Adams Chair of the English Department at Hofstra University, Phillip Lopate is the author of five works of nonfiction, two novels, and two books of poems, as well as serving as editor of the best-selling collections Writing New York and The Art of the Personal Essay. The recipient of two Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts grants, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Published November 5, 2008 by Basic Books. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Lopate can wax silly (he writes about shaving a beard and buying a cat and shushing noisy people in movie theaters), somber (he tells about the deaths of colleagues, one by suicide, another by cancer), bemused (he wonders why a relationship with a woman named Claire never seemed to ignite), and (...

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Essayist, poet and cultural critic Lopate gleans from his previous works a selection representing various interests and illuminating his life.

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Introducing 28 varied pieces, Lopate, an essayist's essayist, eagerly claims that he feels no temptation to manicure his prose.

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