- Series: A Harvest/HBJ book
- Paperback: 1198 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 015660793X
- ISBN-13: 978-0156607933
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 3.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miss MacIntosh, my darling (A Harvest/HBJ book) Paperback – 1979
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About the Author
Young taught creative writing at Indiana, Iowa, Columbia, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Fordham universities as well as the New School for Social Research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
"This is a search for reality through a maze of illusions and fantasy and dreams, ultimately asserting in the words of Calderon: 'Life is a dream.'"
"Marguerite Young is unquestionably a genius."
William Goyen, New York Times Book Review, 9/12/65
"A work of stunning magnitude and beauty. . . . The book's mysterious readability is effected through enchantment and hypnosis. Its force is cumulative; its method is amassment, as in the great styles of Joyce or Hermann Broch or Melville or Faulkner. . . . One of the most arresting literary achievements in our last 20 years. . . . It is a masterwork."
Lillian Smith, Chicago Tribune
"An extraordinary book by a woman possessed of a breathtaking verbal virtuosity. She also has quality of heart. . . . There are times when her pages surge and beat on the heart and imagination like great music; other times when it shimmers motionless like an ancient Hindu painting."
Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World, 3/21/93
"The prose is lyric, striking and memorable."
L.A. Reader, 2/93
This encyclopedic novel addresses the question of illusion, as Young--whose epic vision and exquisite prose are truly awesome--dissects the essence of reality and ruminates on where it can be found."
Belles Lettres, Winter 1993
"[A]n ambitious work of gorgeous fiction, written in waves of lush, imagistic, even humorous language. . . . This is a work of genius."
About the Author
A descendent of Brigham Young, Marguerite Young was born in Indiana in 1909 and moved to New York City in the 1940s. A respected literary figure and Greenwich Village eccentric, Young associated with writers from Richard Wright to Dylan Thomas to Truman Capote, Carson McCullers, Thornton Wilder and Gertrude Stein. Besides her legendary and lengthy novel Miss Macintosh, My Darling (originally published in 1965), Young published two works of poetry, Prismatic Ground (1937) and Moderate Fable (1944); a work of nonfiction, Angel in the Forest (1945); and a collection of stories, essays and reviews, Inviting the Muses (1944), before her death in 1995. Her monumental biography of Eugene Debs, on which she worked for 30years, was published posthumously.
"The key to the enjoyment of this amazing book is to abandon one's self to the detours, wanderings, elliptical and tangential journeys, accepting in return miraculous surprises. This is a search for reality through a maze of illusions and fantasy and dreams, ultimately asserting in the words of Calderon: 'Life is a dream.'"--Anais Nin
Originally published in 1965, this great work, equally comprised of spirit, emotion AND intellect, was 20 years in the making and still to this day has not received the acclaim and recognition it so thoroughly deserves. Though Marguerite Young died in 1996 at the age of 87, she lives brightly in the lives of all who are touched by this haunting, under-appreciated masterpiece.
The author, Marguerite Young, was the subject of an issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction a good number of years ago. A respectful interviewer asked her why the character of Miss Macintosh was missing her hair, a limb, and several other useful things. Ms. Young replied, "Because everything is lost."
If this strikes you as a pearl of Zarathustrian wisdom, I suppose these 1,200 pages of "oceanic" prose, ebbing and flowing away with a charmingly feminine disregard for such stodgy concerns as structure and narrative momentum, just might be your meat. If it seems instead the self-caressing delusion of a profoundly second-rate word-spiller, you might want to pass by the brightly-clad strangers shaking their tambourines in your face and make your way to a church with a more substantial following.