Remembering Denny by Calvin Trillin

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Everybody idolized Denny Hansen. He was a varsity swimmer and a Rhodes Scholar whose "million-dollar smile" and bright future made him the subject of a feature in Life magazine. A clean-cut college hero filled with limitless promise, Denny symbolized everything thought of as good in 1950s America. But life worked out differently for Denny. By middle age he was alone and unfulfilled: he committed suicide at fifty-five.

In REMEMBERING DENNY, essayist and poet Calvin Trillin investigates the death of a Yale classmate. In so doing, he also reflects upon the American fifties, offering a provocative look at the way we were - rather than the way we thought we were - and its consequences.

"Trillin is recording a time, a place, and an illusion...which Trillin punctures gracefully and not without tenderness." (New York Newsday)


About Calvin Trillin

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Calvin Trillin attended public schools in Kansas City and went on to Yale University and graduated in 1957; he later served as a Fellow of the University. He was born on December 5, 1935. He worked as a reporter for Time magazine before joining the staff of The New Yorker in 1963. His reporting for The New Yorker on the racial integration of the University of Georgia was published in his first book, An Education in Georgia. Family, travel and food are also themes in Trillin's work. Three of his books American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings; were individually published and are also collected in the 1994 compendium The Tummy Trilogy. He has also written a collection of short stories Barnett Frummer Is An Unbloomed Flower (1969) and three comic novels, Runestruck (1977), Floater (1980), and Tepper Isn't Going Out (2001). Among his recent work, is Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, in 2012.
Published August 28, 1995 by Random House Value Publishing. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In a memoir on an uncharacteristically somber subject, Trillin (American Stories, 1991, etc.) traces the life of his college friend Roger ``Denny'' Hansen: Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes Scholar, possessor of charm and good looks to spare--and, at age 55, a suicide victim.

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This collection was on PW 's bestseller list for seven weeks.

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In his most personal book, Trillin ( American Stories ) poignantly investigates the life of his Yale classmate and onetime close friend Roger ``Denny'' Hansen, a Rhodes scholar, academic and State Department employee whose extraordinary promise ended in middle age with his suicide.

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B Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints

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