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By Gardner Botsford

Gardner Botsford tells the attention-grabbing and funny tale of his W.W. II reviews, from his project to the infantry as a result of a forms mistakes to a apprehensive trans-Atlantic crossing at the Queen Mary, to touchdown below heavy fireplace on Omaha seashore and the Liberation of Paris. After the struggle, he started a wonderful literary profession as a long-time editor on the New Yorker, and chronicles the magazine’s upward thrust and effect on postwar American tradition with wit and grace.

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A gap-toothed English governness wrapping me up in some henna-colored cotton roll, saturated with iodine, meant to drive out a cold, setting my skin on fire . . a monster Red Sea lobster, the first I had seen of its kind, drowning into our sweet-water garden fountain, all lashing tail and snapping claws, exhaling nightmares in the sun . . a smiling orderly with mustache waxed straight up, his brass-buckled belt creaking in one hand as with the other he leads a servant girl to the basement, from which her shrieks rise, rise .

He asks. " Faint smiles as I rush out of the room with hot cheeks. Barely five years old, I suffered already from an implacable shyness. More than othersor so I thoughtI dreaded humiliation, and both dread and pride conspired in my need for self-creation, perpetual re-creation. " It helped me slip through my birthrights: language and the clutching blood. Slip? We tear ourselves free. We learn murder in the family, as the ancient Greeks knew, and rehearse the pride of Oedipus before the Sphinx.

He asks. " Faint smiles as I rush out of the room with hot cheeks. Barely five years old, I suffered already from an implacable shyness. More than othersor so I thoughtI dreaded humiliation, and both dread and pride conspired in my need for self-creation, perpetual re-creation. " It helped me slip through my birthrights: language and the clutching blood. Slip? We tear ourselves free. We learn murder in the family, as the ancient Greeks knew, and rehearse the pride of Oedipus before the Sphinx.

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