Biographies & Memoirs

Unframed Originals: Recollections

Unframed Originals: Recollections

In this haunting, elegantly written memoir, W. S. Merwin recalls in utterly unsentimental prose his youth, growing up in a repressed Presbyterian household in the small river towns of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The complex portrait that emerges of a family without language or history, transforms the story of their isolated lives into the development of a writer's conscience and a warning about the fate of a middle class eager to obliterate origins.

Chapter 1. Tomatoes

Chapter 2. Mary

Chapter 3. The Skyline

Chapter 4. Laurie

Chapter 5. Hotel

Chapter 6. La Pia

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