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Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty

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A hypno-saga...experimental, tender, angry, freighted.

In the Roaring Twenties, Edward Cumming might have become a railroad businessman, but he was more interested in literature. During the Depression, he tried to write a book about historical castrations. At thirty-nine, he died by suicide.

What went wrong for him? A lack of focus? A problem of fate? The number forty? Or
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Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published February 26th 2020 by Glyph Torrent
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Linda
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten Past Noon is a stunning work of creative nonfiction.

A variety of literary styles and techniques circumscribe what we gradually learn about the protagonist's idiosyncratic personality and ill-fated life. Born into a wealthy New York family,
and entering Harvard at age 16, Ned Cumming surely seemed to be on a secure path, but within a
short time, he was on a different track. His unorganized and enormous hand-written incomplete manuscript is at the core of this enigmatic story. Why was Ned
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TEN PAST NOON IS A UNIQUE, FASCINATING, TRUE ACCOUNT OF A MYSTERIOUSLY TRAGIC LIFE DURING THE BUSTLING EARLY 20TH CENTURY IN AMERICA. NED CUMMING CAME FROM A WEALTHY NEW YORK SOCIALITE FAMILY , WENT TO HARVARD, THEN , LIKE MANY, TRAVELLED OUT WEST. BUT SOMETHING WENT WRONG. HIS STRANGE 39 VOLUME HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A MEDICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY FORMS THE BASIS OF A STORY THAT WEAVES TOGETHER VIGNETTES OF RAILROAD BUILDING, ROBBER BARONS , AND OLD NEW YORK. ADD IN A VARIETY OF EASILY ...more
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A fascinating and quirky biography told through a truly unique voice. Highly recommended!
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Tucker Lieberman is the author of Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty (2020), Painting Dragons: What Storytellers Need to Know About Writing Eunuch Villains (2018), Bad Fire: A Memoir of Disruption (2018), and the blank journal Flip the Finger at Despair (2019).

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