In this fascinating book of portraits, Paul Horgan records his personal encounters with some of the outstanding artists of the century. For over fifty years - from the time when, as a teenage reporter in New Mexico, he met the doomed poet Vachel Lindsay, to the final illness of his friend Igor Stravinsky - Horgan not only crossed paths with the ...Read MoreIn this fascinating book of portraits, Paul Horgan records his personal encounters with some of the outstanding artists of the century. For over fifty years - from the time when, as a teenage reporter in New Mexico, he met the doomed poet Vachel Lindsay, to the final illness of his friend Igor Stravinsky - Horgan not only crossed paths with the great and near-great, but his writer's eye enriched these moments with special grace and depth. Whether in comedy or the spirit of elegy, and with the lightest touch, Tracings brings together partial portraits of such legendary figures as opera stars Feodor Chaliapin, Mary Garden, and Marguerite D'Alvarez; actresses Minnie Maddern Fiske and Greta Garbo; painter Peter Hurd; writers Somerset Maugham, T. S. Eliot, Thornton Wilder, and Edmund Wilson. While researching his Pulitzer Prize biography, Lamy of Santa Fe, Horgan is granted an unheard-of privilege when the "100-year" rule governing the Vatican's archives is mysteriously waived for him. In Rome during wartime, he is also permitted to spend several hours in the Sistine Chapel entirely alone. This rich collection confirms the verdict of James K. Morris: "Paul Horgan is one of a handful of writers in America today who deserve the title of literary master."Read Less
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1st printing stated. 260pp, (6.25 x 9.25 inches). Fine/NF. Hardcover in DJ. Book is crisp and tight, corners sharp, no markings. DJ has a little wrinkle along top edge of front flap. Reminiscences about Vachel Lindsay, Chaliapin, Frieda Lawrence, Peter Hurd, T.S. Eliot, Stravinsky, et al.
Fine in NF jacket. Tan paper with brown quarter cloth, in brown decorative jacket, 8vo. 1st edition.260pp. Reminiscences of figures from the arts from 1922 through 1971. Fine/NF. Mld sunning to upper spine end, with brown background tinged to brownish-green. All else as new: bright, tight, sharp and unmarked. In Brdoart. Neither ex-lib nor remainder.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-07-26 With exuberance and a gift for conjuring a personality in a few deft strokes, Horgan records his encounters with famous and near-famous people in this delightful memoir. As an 18-year-old reporter in Albuquerque, he interviewed poet Vachel Lindsay, a future suicide victim who spoke incessantly of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead . A prolific novelist and historian, Horgan writes movingly of his long-time friend Igor Stravinsky who clung tenaciously to music during his final illness. Horgan joins Frieda Lawrence on a pilgrimage to the chapel tomb of her famous novelist husband near Taos, New Mexico. Meetings with a fractious, outspoken Edmund Wilson, a carefree T. S. Eliot, Greta Garbo, Aldous Huxley, Thornton Wilder, W. Somerset Maugham, painter Peter Hurd and opera stars Mary Garden and Feodor Chaliapin enliven this serendipitous portrait gallery. (Sept.)
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