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Farther and Wilder The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson From the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson the author of The Lost Weekend a writer whose life and work encapsulated what

  • Title: Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson
  • Author: Blake Bailey
  • ISBN: 9780307273581
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson By Blake Bailey, From the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever, here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid century America, and what one had to do with the other Charles Jackson s novel The Lost Weekend the story of five disasFrom the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever, here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid century America, and what one had to do with the other Charles Jackson s novel The Lost Weekend the story of five disastrous days in the life of alcoholic Don Birnam was published in 1944 to triumphant success Within five years it had sold nearly half a million copies in various editions, and was added to the prestigious Modern Library The actor Ray Milland, who would win an Oscar for his portrayal of Birnam, was coached in the ways of drunkenness by the novel s author a balding, impeccably groomed middle aged man who had been sober since 1936 and had no intention of going down in history as the author of a thinly veiled autobiography about a crypto homosexual drunk But The Lost Weekend was all but entirely based on Jackson s own experiences, and Jackson s valiant struggles fill these pages He and his handsome gay brother, Fred Boom , grew up in the scandal plagued village of Newark, New York, and later lived in Europe as TB patients, consorting with aristocratic caf society Jackson went on to work in radio and Hollywood, was published widely, lived in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, and knew everyone from Judy Garland and Billy Wilder to Thomas Mann and Mary McCarthy A doting family man with two daughters, Jackson was often industrious and sober he even became a celebrated spokesman for Alcoholics Anonymous Yet he ultimately found it nearly impossible to write without the stimulus of pills or alcohol and felt his devotion to his work was worth the price Rich with incident and character, Farther Wilder is the moving story of an artist whose commitment to bringing forbidden subjects into the popular discourse was far ahead of his time.

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    1. Mention The Lost Weekend 1945 to a Hollywood classic film buff, and you may be treated to a recap of that memorable scene in which the alcoholic writer Don Birnam played by Ray Milland , after struggling for years to write his masterpiece, has sunk so low that we see him trudging through the streets of Manhattan, typewriter in hand, looking for a pawnshop His monumental literary ambitions dissolve as he searches for the cash that will buy him another drink.Who reads Charles Jackson s novel now J [...]

    2. This biography is perfect To borrow Kingsley Amis s quote about The Lost Weekend, this bio too is marvelous and horrifying it hurt but I enjoyed it, it s excellent I love Charles Jackson s weird life, his books, his letters, his problems, and how no one seemed capable of holding those problems against him for long because he was just too lovable, too easy to forgive I feel the same way about him now The writing of the bio takes on that familiar, small town gossip sort of ease, affectionate but c [...]

    3. When I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued when I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it A 400 page book on the life of a writer with one still known book seems like an unlikely choice to read, but when that book is The Lost Weekend, a work that gave us not only a famous, Oscar winning movie, but a new awareness of alcoholism and a new slang phrase that s a different matter.Charles Jackson emerges as one of the tragic figures he was always struggling to set down on paper a narcissistic, [...]

    4. Excellent character study, deeply researchedBeautifully written, meticulously researched The fascinating life and works of Charles Jackson, best remembered as the author of The Lost Weekend.

    5. A risky choice for Bailey for his third I think literary biography He makes this forgotten man stand out in all his very human addictions, quest for fame, contradictions and deceptions It s an important book because it reveals that there s always to the official story sometimes a lot Once again we see writing and the need to write through Bailey s eyes as a lifelong exercise in masochism Bound up as it is with money and the desire for fame, the literary career is bound to end in disaster, I su [...]

    6. I came to Blake Bailey s Farther and Wilder by way of rereading The Lost Weekend after a 40 year hiatus I was surprised at how contemporary the book seemed, and I realized that I knew next to nothing about its nearly forgotten author This exhaustive, detailed oriented, highly readable biography fills that void with a vengeance We learn that Charles Jackson wrote five books in addition to his classic study of alcoholism, and that he spent most of his life planning a huge, unpublished Proustian ep [...]

    7. This is a very thorough, meticulously researched literary biography which is also wonderfully written, not a given with such books these days Jackson s self destructive tendencies could make him a nightmare to live with, but he was also a devoted family man and dedicated to his craft After finishing this book I m very much looking forward to reading the collection of Jackson s stories that has just been reissued I wish Jackson had managed to get beyond the many years of seconal and booze damaged [...]

    8. What an insightWhat one learns through Charles Jackson, is truly harrowing and sad This book was as much introspection as it was it was revealing Although a biography, Blake Bailey does a great job chronologically and simply almost seemly taking us through a quite extraordinary man Dealing with alcoholism and homosexuality no doubt creates room for a mixed protagonist that your heart breaks for When its learned he had bipolar, its enlightening But overall I loved the book What an interesting tim [...]

    9. I m a fan of Blake Bailey Read both Cheever and Yates biographies Bailey pulls you along with his masterful research and his respectful and benevolent treatment of his subjects Charles Jackson and Richard Yates were one hit wonders, Cheevers had a prolific output, all were outstandingly flawed human beings I had a hard time reading about Jackson, after a while I just didn t care about him Cheevers and Yates were dedicated to their crafts Jackson didn t seem to know he had one In bailey s notes [...]

    10. Interesting and well written biography of the forgotten gay author Charles Jackson who shot to fame after writing The Lost Weekend, but was not able to sustain a lengthy career, even though he did publish a handful of books and even hit the best seller lists one time A sad story of ambition stymied by repressed sexuality, alcoholism and drug addiction.

    11. This almost obsessively detailed biography is based upon than 20 boxes of Jackson s correspondence and other papers housed in the Dartmouth library, interviews with Jackson s daughters, a niece and a grandnephew, and visits to Jackson s childhood home of Newark in upstate New York Read here.

    12. Good bio of a man who wanted to be a world class writer but never quite made it A cautionary tale of early success He wrote the huge best seller, The Lost Weekend and addiction Jackson never conquered his addictions and tortured personal life and ended up leaving us only one very good novel and some choice short stories.

    13. An exhaustive work full of detail A fun read for me as I grew up with Kate and Sarah in Orford They all suffered.

    14. I love Blake Bailey s style of literary biography, but I wasn t as interested in Jackson as I was in Yates and Cheever.

    15. Interesting subject for a biography So far, I m liking the author s writing style one that makes the story flow well.

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