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Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir

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The fourth and final memoir from Reynolds Price, “one of the most important voices in modern southern fiction” (The New York Times), who died in January 2011.Reynolds Price was a true renaissance man. Author of thirty-seven books and professor of English at Duke, he was the last great southern regionalist of his generation. Picking up where his third memoir Ardent Spirits
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Scribner (first published May 15th 2012)
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A delightful introduction to Reynolds Price. A memoir about his life and his literary rambles with many of the modern greats of English literature. Reading the book is kind of like going to a really interesting cocktail party as the famous drop in and out and we find out gossipy tidbits about them. We also learn a lot about what it meant to be gay in England and the United States. n the 50s and 60s. Price's gentle, although sometimes scathing humor and his insightful comments about literature an ...more
Written in short sections, Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir by Reynolds Price is a wonderful, touching memoir Price was working on at the end of the life. As always, Price's writing is wonderful, beautiful prose and interesting anecdotes. Price remains one of my favorite authors.
This last, unfinished memoir does have a feeling of a work in progress and not a completed project - but I enjoyed reading it and was impressed when you think of the conditions under which Price was writing.

The afterword by his brother about Price's final weeks is particularly moving and yes, it made me cry. Anne Tyler offers an affectionate introduction.

I also like a book with pictures.
Vicki Powers
Loved it! What a life! In spite of difficult physical challenges , Mr. Price lived life fully and made significant contributions to American literature. His memoir proves he savored every moment.
It ends abruptly, being truly unfinished, but it has his inimitable voice and presence. I mourn his loss, as he was my teacher and a wonderful writer.
Here's my review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune for Sunday, May 13, 2012:
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Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University. He taught at Duke since 1958 and was James B. Duke Professor of English.

His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best fi
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