Books That Inspire 2009


 
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright
Steven Millhauser


In this unusual fictional biography with a delightful twist, Millhauser’s narrator, Jeffrey Cartwright, recounts the brief life of Edwin Mullhouse, his best friend, whom he celebrates as a literary genius. This dazzlingly written, almost forgotten novel offers an enchanted, rapturously funny take on mid-twentieth-century American childhood and life, a vision of the world at once so original, so frightening, and so uplifting that it threatens to change the way one thinks and feels about the world.


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Kenneth Haltman
H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History and American Studies
School of Art and Art History