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Arnold Gingrich (1903–1976)

Autor(a) de The Bedside Esquire

47+ Works 305 Membros 1 Review

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Obras de Arnold Gingrich

The Bedside Esquire (1936) 100 cópias
The Armchair Esquire (1958) 35 cópias
The well-tempered angler (1965) 22 cópias
The Joys of Trout (1973) 21 cópias
The Esquire Reader (1961) 10 cópias
Toys of a Lifetime (1966) 7 cópias
Cast down the laurel (1935) 6 cópias, 1 resenha
Esquire Magazine 1 exemplar(es)
Esquire Magazine: September 1935 (1935) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, April 1938 (1938) — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, February 1938 (1938) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, August 1938 (1938) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, June 1937 (1937) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, August 1937 (1937) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, May 1939 (1939) 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, June 1938 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, December 1938 — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
Happily for ever after 1 exemplar(es)
Esquire '65 1 exemplar(es)
Coronet, April 1941 — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Pat Hobby Stories (1962) — Introdução, algumas edições450 cópias, 2 resenhas
Esquire Cookbook (1955) — Introdução, algumas edições39 cópias
Esquire's Guide to Modern Etiquette — Introdução, algumas edições4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Gingrich, Arnold
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
United States of America
Local de nascimento
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Local de falecimento
Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
Locais de residência
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
University of Michigan
fly fisherman



This novel, published in 1935, is really more interesting as an historical item than as a reading experience, at least for me. Gingrich was a famous editor in his day. He was the founder and first editor of Esquire, he was an intimate of the "moveable feast" crowd that included Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and he was, for a time, Hemingway's editor. Also, the format of this book is interesting, as well. The story centers around a concert pianist who has found fame and fortune for his performances, but quits and retreats to an Illinois suburb to start a music school because he cannot stand the difference between the perfection of the music he hears in his head and the flaws in his playing that constantly torture him, flaws that only he can hear. In the process, he becomes emotionally cold, intensely egotistical and a more or less constant drinker. The book begins with a series of "dossiers," basically character sketches, that an unknown narrator is providing for an unknown author to use to create a story from. Then we read the "romance," i.e. the altered story of these characters. In the third section of the book, the first narrator returns to upbraid the "author" for all the ways he got the stories wrong and then to provide the "real" way things were. It is all intended, I guess, to show us the ways in which the tortured artist who either loses faith in his own talents or considers himself too good for them can ruin not only himself but those around him. One suspects, perhaps, Fitzgerald as some sort of inspiration, here. But while the "romance" is engaging in parts, mostly the characters are unsympathetic and the message, at least from the perspective of the early 21st century, shopworn. So while, as I said, I found the book of interest for its historic aspects, it does not surprise me that it has become an obscure bit of history and that Gingrich is remembered as an editor and not as an author.… (mais)
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rocketjk | May 25, 2013 |


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