The Resource The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family, Tom Shroder

The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family, Tom Shroder

Label
The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family
Title
The most famous writer who ever lived
Title remainder
a true story of my family
Statement of responsibility
Tom Shroder
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A veteran of the Washington Post and Miami Herald among others, Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from interviewing South American children who claim to have memories of past lives for his book Old Souls, to a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor who is pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treatment in Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel of the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. McDonald, and is credited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay's memoirs, penning the infamous words "we're going to bomb them back to the Stone Age" regarding North Vietnam. Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsized ego, and an overbearing, abusive, and publically embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through a small fortune in his lifetime, dying nearly destitute and alone. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past--Kantor's upbringing, his early life, and career trajectory--and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shroder, Tom
Dewey number
  • 813/.52
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3521.A47
LC item number
Z84 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kantor, MacKinlay
  • Kantor, MacKinlay
  • Shroder, Tom
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Label
The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family, Tom Shroder
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780399174599
Lccn
2016016448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)953792374
  • (OCoLC)ocn953792374
Label
The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family, Tom Shroder
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780399174599
Lccn
2016016448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)953792374
  • (OCoLC)ocn953792374

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