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Successful Love and Other Stories

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Persea Books (first published 1961)
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Alex
Mar 13, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-poetry
Most people who admire Schwartz tend to keep an embarrassed silence about this book. He was mentally ill in the 50s when most of the stories were written, they say; they're flabby and unconnected to anything he knew.
I disagree. At essence, they are stories about miscommunication: a father struggling to come to terms with the sexual awakening of his daughter in a society more liberal than the one he grew up in; Europeans and Americans misunderstanding each other; an enormously precocious academi
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"The Hartford Innocents" was my least favorite story. Too much boring pontification. Why do authors do this? I wanted to know what happened to the characters in the story and I wanted some more dialogue. Instead the bulk of it was written like a letter, really an academic report, which made it more of an essay, I don't know, I guess I just found that story boring. The last story, "The Statues" I liked -- it had lines that to me were reminiscent of Oscar Wilde. I wanted to like this collection ...more
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Delmore Schwartz was born December 8, 1913, in Brooklyn. The marriage of his parents Harry and Rose, both Roumanian immigrants, was doomed to fail. Sadly, this misfortune with relationships was also a theme in Schwartz's life. His alcoholism, frequent use of barbiturates and amphetamines, and battles with various mental diseases, proved adverse in his relationships with women. His first marriage ...more
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