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    • Remembering Roth

    • By: James Atlas
    • Narrated by: James Atlas
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 692
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 612
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 614

    In 1977, when he was 28, James Atlas published his first book, a biography of the poet Delmore Schwartz, and was stunned to receive a congratulatory letter from Philip Roth. He had been moved by the tragic story it told. Thus began a friendship that lasted, with a few intervals, until his death. He was living in rural Connecticut then, having exiled himself from the literary noise of Manhattan in order to focus on his work, and was on his own. He invited Atlas to come visit, which he did - the first of numerous pilgrimages to the Roth homestead. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • made me think as much as many long books.

    • By K D on 03-10-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Shadow in the Garden

    • A Biographer's Tale
    • By: James Atlas
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The biographer - so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts - comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers' lives get documented. James Atlas, the celebrated chronicler of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, takes us back to his own childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers' lives.

    Regular price: $31.50

    • My Life in the Middle Ages

    • A Survivor's Tale
    • By: James Atlas
    • Narrated by: James Atlas
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    What is the most baffling period in our lives? Not childhood, not old age, but the decades of our 40s and 50s, the period now generously known as middle age. It's both an occasion for regret and an opportunity for coming to terms, the moment when we come up against our limits and discover, for better and worse, who we are.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Flashes of brilliance, overall worth it

    • By Jeremy Hatch on 04-12-19

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Autobiography of a Biographer

    • Thalia Book Club
    • By: James Atlas, Edmund Morris, Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated by: Symphony Space
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Symphony Space invited three renowned biographers, James Atlas, Edmund Morris, and Stacy Schiff, to reveal the fascinating, all-absorbing process of researching and writing another person's life story. The conversation delved deeply into the challenges the authors encountered and the pleasures they enjoyed in writing the lives of Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Vera Nabakov, and Saul Bellow, as well as the difficulty of getting past the "unreliable narrator".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • three authors talk shallowly about writing

    • By K D on 03-10-19

    Regular price: $6.95