Through the Ivory Gate by Rita Dove

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A debut novel by the 1987 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. When a woman returns to her Midwestern hometown as an artist-in-residence to teach puppetry to schoolchildren, her homecoming also means dealing with memories of racism, rejected love--and truths about her family. Author readings.


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David Lehman was born in New York City in 1948. Educated at Columbia and Cambridge universities, he earned his doctorate in English, taught at Hamilton College, then left academe to take his chances as a freelance writer. He is the author of four poetry books, most recently "The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry" (Scribner, 2000). His nonfiction books include "The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets" (Doubleday, 1998) and "The Perfect Murder, " his study of detective novels, which appeared in a revised paperback edition in 2000 (Michigan). With Star Black he is codirector of the KGB Bar poetry reading series in New York City and coeditor of "The KGB Bar Book of Poems" (Harper-Collins, 2000). He has served on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and the New School since the inception of both programs, in 1994 and 1996 respectively. He also teaches "Great Poems" as an honors course for undergraduates at NYU. A Guggenheim Fellow, he succeeded Donald Hall as general editor of the University of Michigan Press's Poets on Poetry series. He initiated "The Best American Poetry" in 1988.
 
Published October 13, 1992 by Pantheon Books. 278 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In between, Virginia visits her wise grandmother, delivers essaylike disquisitions on the history and psychology of puppetry, and has serious thoughts about the cello's classical repertoire.

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Dove's first noveltells the story of a black woman who returns to her hometown as artist-in-residence at an elementary school.

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In her first novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Dove ( Grace Notes ) covers territory familiar from her poems.

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