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Author Schoolcraft, Ralph W.

Title Romain Gary : the man who sold his shadow / Ralph Schoolcraft
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 214 pages)
Series Critical authors & issues
Critical authors & issues.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. The Invention of Romain Gary, 1935-1952 22 -- 2. The Consecration of Romain Gary, 1952-1961 41 -- 3. Strategies of Mobile Identity, 1961-1973 69 -- 4. The Invention of Emile Ajar, 1974-1975 95 -- 5. The Consecration of Emile Ajar, 1975-1980 118 -- Conclusion 144
Summary "In Romain Gary: The Man Who Sold His Shadow, Ralph Schoolcraft explores the extraordinary career of the modern French author, film director, and diplomat - a romantic and tragic figure whose fictions extended well beyond his books. Born Roman Kacew, he overcame an impoverished boyhood to become a French Resistance hero and win the coveted Goncourt Prize under the pseudonym - and largely invented persona - Romain Gary. Although he published such acclaimed works as The Roots of Heaven and Promise at Dawn, the Gaullist traditions that he defended in the world of French letters fell from favor, and his critical fortunes suffered at the hands of a hostile press. Schoolcraft details Gary's frustrated struggle to evolve as a writer in the eye of a public that now considered him a known quantity. Identifying the daring strategies used by this mysterious character as he undertook an elaborate scheme to reach a new readership, Schoolcraft offers new insight into the dynamics of authorship and fame within the French literary institutions."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-203) and index
Subject Gary, Romain -- Anonyms and pseudonyms.
Gary, Romain.
Authors, French -- 20th century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001053011
ISBN 0812203208 (electronic bk.)
9780812203202 (electronic bk.)