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The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told: A Memoir

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He was predestined for literary greatness. If only his father hadn’t used up all the words.

As the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate Richard Eberhart, Dikkon Eberhart grew up surrounded by literary giants. Frequent dinner guests included, among others, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath. To the world, they we
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Published June 23rd 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 1st 2015)
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Amanda
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book! I enjoyed reading about Dikkon Eberhart growing up in the shadow of a lot of the 20th century's greatest poets, from Frost to Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot (one of my personal favorites) to Allen Ginsberg. Growing up in the shadow of his father, who was also a poet, isn't easy. I love how Dikkon shares openly about how lonely he felt, despite the high profile people he grew up around and the loving family wife and children he had as an adult. This book is a rare glimpse into an ...more
Lisa
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
This man has had such a fascinating spiritual journey. Nominal Christian or maybe "nothing" then he became Jewish and then went to a Baptist church and came to faith in Christ. Not only his spiritual journey is inspirational and rather unbelievable, but his life journey also intriguing. I had never heard of his father who was a famous poet. I do not understand poetry at all. The author is a "literary" guy as he identifies himself and that is very true. I love books, reading, classic literature, ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
admit that I picked up The time Mom met Hitler, Frost came to dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story ever told by Dikkon Eberhart because of the cover. It was too interesting, too poetic not to read it.

Unfortunately, I only made it half way through before I realized that I didn't care about the story. Had I been a fan of, or even had heard of the poet Richard Eberhart, I think I would have enjoyed this memoir more. I would have known more of where Dikkon Eberhart was coming from.

Instead, all I
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Travis
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of review.

Dikkon Eberhart is the son of award winning poet Richard Eberhart. As a child during the Beat generation, his world was populated with literary giants such as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas and a host of others. The elder Eberhart was a respected and renowned poet, honored as he served his country during WW2, and loved by his vast circle of friends. He was a giant who cast a lon
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Mary Langer
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book grabbed me, and I knew I had to read it. Eberhart, the son of a Pulitzer Prize winning poet doesn't disappoint as he tells about growing up surrounded by literary greats like Allen Ginsberg, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost. But I also love the story of how this well-educated writer became a Christian after many struggles and seeking for a long time. Finally, the Greatest Story Ever Told just "makes so much sense." Read this book for the history, for the literary intrigue, or ...more
Kari
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, as other reviewers have written, there is a lot of name dropping in the beginning, but it helps to set context for the rest of the book. Beautifully written, enjoyed it very much.
Laurie
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Andraski
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dikkon Eberhart’s The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost came to dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story Ever Told reads like the biographies posted in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry only from a child’s perspective. Because his father, Richard Eberhart was a well known poet, who socialized with poets like Robert Frost and Allen Ginsberg, Dikkon was able to hob nob with these men and women as a young boy. He writes about how he figured out what one of Frost’s poems meant, and even though Frost boug ...more
Cheryl Crotty
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I actually would have given this 3 1/2 stars. It was very interesting, well written but got slow in some parts. Dikkon Eberhart grew up the son of the Pulitzer winning poet Richard Eberhart. His house was always filled with interesting characters. Dikkon spent decades trying to forge his own identity. I would recommend this book if you love poetry and a little slower read.
Alistaire
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Art, creating a beautifying answer while using our own creativity."

First and foremost : How amazing it must've been for Dikkon Eberhart to grow up under the influence of people who are winsome masters of the English language poetry. Dikkon shares his encounters with a lot of prominent and distinguished literary characters in a succinctly concise prose. He shares with the reader an intimate information which involves, the confused, mildly-deranged, mentality and psyche of a prepubescent, teenage
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Nadine Keels
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Then she looked at me with that deep, human, gestative wisdom that many women have, and which I don't.
"We know what we've lost. We don't know what we've gained."


Within and outside of its context concerning a certain newborn's genetic condition, it could take me quite a minute to unpack an observation like the "lost and gained" one, spoken by the author's wife. But there are a number of statements that gave me pause while reading The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Grea
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A.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, ex-libris
My mother read this and then bought a copy for me, and my aunt, and possibly at least one other person, because she liked it so much that she needs to share it with everyone. I was a little leery of it because it was obvious from the first that it was a "come to Jesus" memoir, but I found myself enjoying the book despite my reservations.

Eberhart's memoir is peopled with many literary icons he had the privileging of meeting throughout his life, many of them through their connection to his father,
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Christine Edwards
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Teresa Kander
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about the author's interactions with various poets who have long been special to me. As a poet myself, I grew up reading a lot of their work, and being inspired by them. To get to see a little more "human" side of them was fascinating.

It was sad to read how Dikkon, surrounded by all these famous people, as well as his own family, often felt lonely as a child--almost unseen by his parents at times. Some of those stories definitely tug at the heartstrings.

I could also relate to h
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Dave Murphy
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have walked along the stone wall in the woods where Robert Frost lived. I have quoted T.S. Elliot in my presentations. I lived through the sixties and watched the cultural revolution. But in none of these did I have a personal encounter or front row seat. Dikkon Eberhart did! Further, his Poet Laureate father, Richard Eberhart, attracted all manner of literary types who came into the family's home. Fascinating tales of these encounters are wonderfully described within the pages of this astound ...more
Sarah
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If history and literature floats your boat, then be sure not to miss this memoir ‘The Time Mom met Hitler, Frost came to dinner and I heard the Greatest Story ever told’ by Dekkon Eberhart. The author is of course the son of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Eberhart, who was raised surrounded by literary legends. Dinner guests included, among others, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, and T. S. Eliot. To Dikkon, they were friends who read him bedtime st ...more
Rebecca Bodeen
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found "The Time Mom met Hitler, Frost came to dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story ever told" through a random online search and was immediately intrigued. When our local bookstore had a reading and book signing just a few months later I was in! Dikkon Eberhart's memoir of growing up with a Pulitzer Prize winning father, Richard Eberhart, and finding his way to his Christian Faith is a great read. Throughout the book I felt like a welcome observer into his innermost world, and each moment an ...more
Beverly
May 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
As the son of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Eberhart, Dikkon Eberhart grew up surrounded by literary giants. Dinner guests included Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, and T. S. Eliot, who flocked to the Eberhart house to discuss, debate, and dissect the poetry of the day. To Dikkon, they were friends who read him bedtime stories, gave him advice, and helped him with his English homework. Anxious to escape his father’s shadow, Dikkon struggled for decades to forge ...more
Meg
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Read with fascinating anecdotes

Such a charming and well thought out memoir, full of interesting stories relating to many well-known names in the literary and acting worlds. (The Blythe Danner story was my favorite.)

I also especially loved his progression of searching through various faiths for ultimate truth. His heart cry is I'm sure familiar to many.

Whether or not you are a Jesus-follower, if you love human interest stories and well-written books, you'll enjoy this read.
Traxyj
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book moved me. The author invites you into his mind, his colourful life and his struggles. He may have been surrounded by literary greats but his struggles are no different to anyone else - in Particular when it comes to finding identity. This book is sprinkled with delightful stories which made me smile, deep pondering which made me think and seek my own meanings on the issues and last but not least gave me an insight into the authors soul (it's always a privilege when people share a part ...more
Flora Sawyer
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
While the last few chapters seem to reiterate what has been said previously, The Time I met Hitler, Frost came to Dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story ever told, is a compelling read, partly because of the personal glance into the lives of well-known artists as well as his own relationship with them, but more importantly because of Dikkon Eberhardt's own poetic and aesthetic ability to share his own heart regarding the true purpose and meaning of life. I admire his honesty and congratulate his ...more
Donald A. Johansen
Humorous family stories, but often a bit too much name dropping. The struggle with choosing a career seemed to be caught up in trying to his father. This book would be interesting to people who like poetry. It is not refined theology. It may be a personal faith journey. I wonder what will happen in another five years.

I will be ready to read Dikkon's next book. If he stays true to form, he will probably be a Buddhist.
Rachel Lail
I'm not usually a fan of memoirs, but there were parts of Eberhart's memoir that were particularly poignant. My father also read this book, and we've enjoyed some great conversations about Eberhart's journey to faith, and more importantly, to Christ.
Kim Torres
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting memoir, very well written ... I enjoyed all the literary references and the author's spiritual journey even if he reaches different conclusions than I have in my own life.
Elsa
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Fascinating memoir of growing up among the mid-century poets, and a good book for the writers who struggle to write.
DEBARA LAWRENCE
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dikkon meets Christ

Interesting stories and compelling enough to keep me reading. Loved all the twists and turns. It made me want to go back and re-read a lot of poetry.
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The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told
Memoir, Tyndale House Publishers, June 2015.


I’m a literature guy—from Day One.

In my new book, you’ll read about the literary crafting of my name by my poet father, Richard Eberhart. Dad was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, and others. He served as United S
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