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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. These parallel reports from two writers long together (and occasionally collaborating) show characteristic differences, both of background and of style. Rosmarie meditates on early years in Germany during World War II and the way her world was changed, first by a bombing raid, then by learning about the Nazi regime, and by emigration to the U.S. Keith wanders from a Midwestern childhood, through a Southern fundamentalist high school and college as a pre-med student, to encounters in Michigan, New England and Europe.
What is remarkable are the stories: a unique cultural history of the American avant-garde, a double Knstlerroman, scattered shots of the post-war milieu.... It is a slight, charming volume that will appeal to those with an interest in people and poetry. It is also easy to read. Andrew DuBois
The book's candor and vivacity are made new in both autobiographies, and should inspire, both in newcomers and weathered enthusiasts of their work, a great deal of respect. Max Winter