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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul Hendrickson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in Fresno,California

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Illinois Connection

Hendrickson was raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul Hendrickson was born in California but grew up in the Midwest and in a Catholic seminary in the Deep South, where he studied seven years for the missionary priesthood. This became the subject of his first book, published in 1983, ''Seminary: A Search''. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hendrickson has presented at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. A link to his webcast is below: *[ 2012 Book Festival Webcast]He currently resides outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Looking for the light :
ISBN: 0394577299. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1992.

Working for the Farm Security Administration, Marion Post Wolcott traveled across Depression-ravaged America contributing to an incomparable documentary record and photographic legacy. Magnificently illustrated with more than 75 Wolcott photographs, here is a long-overdue celebration of one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.

The living and the dead :
ISBN: 067978117X. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1997, ©1996.

"More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad faith in numbers who kept insisting that the war was winnable long after he had ceased to believe it was. This brilliantly insightful, morally devastating book tells us why he believed, how he lost faith, and what his deceptions cost five of the war's witnesses and McNamara himself. In The Living and the Dead, Paul Hendrickson juxtaposes McNamara's story with those of a wounded Marine, an Army nurse, a Vietnamese refugee, a Quaker who burned himself to death to protest the war, and an enraged artist who tried to kill the man he saw as the war's architect. The result is a book whose exhaustive research and imaginative power turn history into an act of reckoning, damning and profoundly sympathetic, impossible to put down and impossible to forget."--Book Cover.

Sons of Mississippi :
ISBN: 0375704256. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2004.

A study of the legacy of racial intolerance profiles seven white Mississippi sheriffs who took part in the violence that resulted from the attempted integration of the University of Mississippi.

Bound for glory :
ISBN: 0810943484. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams in association with the Library of Congress,. New York :. 2004.

Presents 180 full-color photographs from the Library of Congress's Farm Security Administration collection, taken by FSA photographers from 1939 to 1943, creating a portrait of America as it began to emerge from the Great Depression and prepared to fightWorld War II.

Hemingway's boat :
ISBN: 1400075351. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2012.

An illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will change the way he is perceived and understood. Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961--from his pinnacle until his suicide--Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar. We follow him from Key West to Paris, to New York, Africa, Cuba, and finally Idaho, as he wrestles with his angels and demons. Whenever he could, he returned to his beloved fishing cruiser, to exult in the sea, to fish, to drink, to entertain friends and seduce women, to be with his children. But as he began to succumb to fame, we see that Pilar was also where he cursed his critics, saw marriages and friendships dissolve, and tried, in vain, to escape his increasingly diminished capacities. Generally thought of as a great writer and an unappealing human being, Hemingway emerges here in a far more benevolent light. Drawing on previously unpublished material, including interviews with Hemingway's sons, Hendrickson shows that for all the writer's boorishness, depression, and alcoholism, and despite his anger, he was capable of remarkable generosity.--From publisher description.


Looking for the Light

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