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"Georgia's welcome reprint . . . fills a gap in available gay literature from the pre-Stonewall years. The crisp prose and quiet emotional power . . . endows the memoir with the resonance of an enduring work of creative nonfiction."--Lambda Book Report


"A moving and rewarding piece of creative writing . . . Here is a childhood written with such integrity and a feeling of fidelity to time and place that not merely southerners will feel a sense of recognition but all others as well."--Ralph McGill, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Donald Windham is the author of The Dog Star, The Hero Continues, The Warm Country, and numerous other novels and memoirs. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Brown Thrasher Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820318418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820318417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,420,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Taylor Boutwell on October 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Donald Windham died Monday May 31, 2010 at age 89. I spent about about 90 minutes in his company in August 2004 interviewing him on
the front porch and the third floor of the Margaret Mitchell House.
When he was a boy he lived down the street at Peachtree and Thirteenth in the vicinity of today's 35-story green-glass development called the 1010 Building along Midtown's Million Dollar Mile.

Donald Windham's "Emblems of Conduct" is one of my favorite perspectives of growing up in Atlanta. It is definitely another way of life and a different viewpoint from that depicted in "Swan House" by Elizabeth's Musser," which I have previously discussed.

Donald Winham captures the story of a fading prestigious pioneer Atlanta family, which once lived and built in better times a three-story 14 room house with eccentric verandas. His story happened about 50 years before the community became Midtown.
Windham writes, "It (family home) stands as an emblem of the new, proud, and never-to-end, grace and prosperity."

He captures an authentic feeling about a changing residential section of Peachtree Street, which evolved into
the commercial Tenth Street Shopping District. He mentions Albert's Ice Cream Parlor where a few folks in Buckhead still remember tasting their first store-bought-ice cream.

Windham really had no memory of his first six years when he, his mother, and brother lived with his father.
It was before the divorce. He remembered the family stories about the Great War,later called World War I, and the Great Influenza.
His mother told him once "There are some people, I guess," she said "who cannot stand success, and your daddy was one of them.
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