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Also a Poet

Also a Poet
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Nora says: A fascinating exploration of the bohemian world Calhoun grew up in as the only child of the poet and art critic Peter Schjeldahl. Schjeldahl’s circle included many famous names: Frank O’Hara, William deKooning, John Ashbery, Helen Frankenthaler, among them.  This intelligent and sensitive memoir  examines artistic ambition, the accompanying rivalries, and the personal and professional currents and tensions between herself and her father.

A staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet

 

When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O'Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started forty years earlier.

As a lifelong O'Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O'Hara's past, but also her father's, and her own.

The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it.

In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind.

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9780802162137
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April 18, 2023
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