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The Starched Blue Sky of Spain and Other Memoirs

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By the end of the 1930s, radical journalist and novelist Josephine Herbst (1892-1969) was widely hailed as one of the most important women writers in America. Yet she died in almost total obscurity.
The Starched Blue Sky of Spain And Other Memoirs comprises four autobiographical works: "The Magicians and Their Apprentices," an intimate remembrance of Herbst's girlhood in t
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 8th 1999 by Northeastern University Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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William Kirkland
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, war, women, spain
"The Starched Blues Skies of Spain," by Josephine Herbst is a small, mostly overlooked gem of reportage/memoir from the Civil War in Spain. Originally written in 1960 as a long magazine piece for Saul Bellow’s new literary magazine, “The Noble Savage,” it is available in book form with three other pieces, as Starched Blue Sky of Spain in several editions.

Although about the war she reported some twenty-three years earlier the essay is not of grand design nor something to read as an introduction
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Krista
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's one of a number of wonderfully constructed thoughts: "The real events that influence our lives don't announce themselves with brass trumpets but come in softly, on the feet of doves." Josephine continues, "We don't think in headlines; it's the irrelevant detail that dreams out the plot".



Little gems.

I loved the first story, The magicians and their apprentices a tale of simpler times long ago in America and how the vast prairie didn't stunt dreams but encouraged them for many authors.

I al
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Johanna
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok, the last section was actually somewhat interesting...but overall, damn I'm glad I don't have to read this anymore.
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