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Title: Peter Domanig in America Brass
Publisher: Bobbs, Merrill
Publication Date: 1954
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
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Victor Francis White, writer and teacher, was born in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States at age seventeen. Victor White was semi-orphaned at age two by the death of his British father in a train accident and the remarriage of his Austrian mother and her removal to the United States. His life and career is clouded in his fictional persona, Peter Domanig. After schooling in Europe by 1920 White emigrated to the United States, where he held various labor level jobs before befriending and working with Thomas Edison in his personal electrical laboratory. White obtained degrees at Rutgers, Yale, and the Sorbonne and taught French in New Jersey in addition to ghost writing and writing art and theater reviews and his first novel. He spent summers in Taos, New Mexico, from 1935 until he took permanent residence there in 1938, working as reporter for Life and Time. In 1943 he prepared air force pilot candidates for their special examinations, continuing to work at his novels during the decade 1944-54. White was married and divorced during these years. In 1956, encouraged by Lon Tinkleqv, he took a position at St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, as resident author and master teacher, while continuing his writing career, book reviewing with Tinkle for the Dallas Morning News, and spending his summers in Taos. After he won the John H. McGinnis Award in 1964-65 for his short story, "The Hotel" (in Southwest Review, Winter 1965), he was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters and awarded the Dobie Paisano Fellowship of the Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas. His long fiction includes Peter Domanig: Morning in Vienna (1944), Peter Domanig in America: Brass (1954), Peter Domanig in America: Steel (1954), and The Dominant Note (1956). His very first novel, entitled "Danse Absurde" remains unpublished. University of Texas.
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