Title: Striking Through The Masks: A Literary ...
Publisher: Capitola Book Company
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Inscribed and SIGNED by Morton Marcus on the half title page. Fine volume in a very lightly soiled dust jacket. The corner intact jacket, with the price on the rear panel is in protective mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 1102120008
Synopsis: From his family background in the world of Brooklyn's Jewish gangsters to his early years in a succession of boarding schools, and from the rough streets of New York City in the 1940s to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s, poet Morton Marcus tells the story of his growth from embattled youth to uneasy adulthood. Filled with a rogues gallery of colorful characters and numerous anecdotes, as well as descriptions of his unconventional travels in Greece, Australia, Tahiti, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, Striking through the Masks conjures up the last half of the twentieth century and the opening decade of the new millenium. While recounting his own struggle to find self-awareness and wisdom, Marcus vividly describes his life and times through intimate portraits of notable people he has known. In vignette after vignette, he strikes through the public masks of President Richard Nixon, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, composer Lou Harrison, short story writer Raymond Carver, United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic, and many others to glimpse private moments that show tell-tale aspects of their personalities. Illustrated with over 100 photographs.
About the Author: Morton Marcus is the author of ten volumes of poetry and one novel, including The Santa Cruz Mountain Poems, Pages from a Scrapbook of Immigrants and recently, Moments Without names: New & Selected Prose Poems 1988-2001. In 2007, he published a new volume of prose poems, Pursing the Dream Bone. He has had more than 450 poems published in literary journals, his work has been selected to appear in over 85 anthologies, and he has read his poems and taught creative writing workshops at universities throughout the nation and Europe. Marcus taught English and film at Cabrillo College for 30 years before his retirement in 1998. In 1999, he was selected to be Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year, and in 2007 he was a recipient of a Gail Rich Award for his contributions to Santa Cruz culture. For 22 years, Marcus has been the co-host of a television film review show called Cinema Scene, which broadcasts in the San Francisco Bay area andis podcast internationally. For more than eighteen years he has served on the steering committee of the Pacific Rilm Film Festival, and he has taken part in panel discussions on literature and film at the John Steinbeck Center.
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