My Father and Myself

By J. R. Ackerley; W. H. Auden (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9780940322127, 283pp.)

Publication Date: September 1999

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When his father died, J. R. Ackerley was shocked to discover that he had led a secret life. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a surprise of his own—this coolly considered, unsparingly honest account of his quest to find out the whole truth about the man who had always eluded him in life. But Ackerley's pursuit of his father is also an exploration of the self, making My Father and Myself a pioneering record, at once sexually explicit and emotionally charged, of life as a gay man. This witty, sorrowful, and beautiful book is a classic of twentieth-century memoir.




About the Author
J. R. ACKERLEY (1896-1967) was for many years the literary editor of the BBC magazine "The Listener". A respected mentor to such younger writers as Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden, he was also a longtime friend and literary associate of E. M. Forster. His works include three memoirs -- "Hindoo Holiday, My Dog Tulip", and "My Father and Myself" -- and a novel, "We Think the World of You".

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include "The Threepenny Opera", "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich", "The Life of Galileo, " "Mother Courage and Her Children "and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle."""""
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