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by John McPhee

eBook A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles download ISBN: 0374515018
Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 5 edition (May 1, 1979)
Language: English
Pages: 256
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In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. A Roomful of Hovings and. has been added to your Cart.

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters' lives. 1. Thomas P. F. Hoving 2. Euell Gibbons 3. . Fellows in Africa 4. Robert Twynam.

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In this unique book, John McPhee takes us . Start by marking A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. Hoving2. Robert Twynam, of Wimbledon5. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965.

Praise for A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles. McPhee writes as well as anyone in America. His prose is simple and lyrical, his images are sharply focused. And here are five profiles that prove it. Books related to A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles.

For other people named John McPhee, see John McPhee (disambiguation). A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. One of his most widely read books, Coming into the Country, is about the Alaskan wilderness. McPhee has profiled a number of famous people, including conservationist David Brower in Encounters with the Archdruid, and the young Bill Bradley, whom McPhee followed closely during Bradley's four-year basketball career at Princeton University. McPhee is also a renowned nonfiction writing instructor at Princeton University, having taught generations of aspiring undergraduate writers. Robert Twynam, of Wimbledon 5. Temple Fielding. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Macmillan PublishersReleased: May 1, 1979ISBN: 9780374708665Format: book.

Are you sure you want to remove A roomful of Hovings and other profiles from your list? A roomful of Hovings and other profiles. Published 1968 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York Profiles include: Thomas P. Hoving, art historian, sometime political influence, former floorwalker; the late Euell Gibbons, famous forager of edible wild plants and author of Stalking the Wild Asparagus; Carroll Brewster of the intrepid team of . Fellows, in the Sudan; Robert Twynam, tender of the lawn at Wimbledon; and Temple Fielding, mercurial and influential author of the popular travel.

Profiles include: Thomas P. Hoving, art historian, sometime political influence, former floorwalker; the late Euell Gibbons, famous forager of edible wild. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters lives. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process.

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters' lives.

1. Thomas P. F. Hoving2. Euell Gibbons3. M.I.T. Fellows in Africa4. Robert Twynam, of Wimbledon5. Temple Fielding

Comments: (7)
Dddasuk
The article on the development of the uses of nuclear energy is written so that the laymen can at least follow the story without getting lost in the language of physics.
Enone
Very, very interesting. Thanks.
Froststalker
What can you say about McPhee? Goes down like find scotch, makes any subject a pleasure to read. This book is just a collection of biographical snippets, each very enjoyable in their own way. A perfect airline read.
Gorisar
McPhee is my favorite author. Probably one of the very best non-fiction writers of the past 50 years. Always engaging and informative. his writing draws you in. Highly recommended.
Rigiot
Great condition.
Dammy
great book, excellent service, good price, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read for fun or to learn something useful.
Fordrekelv
Originally, I picked this book out to read more about Thomas Hoving, as I had recently completed his 'King of the Confessors' and, as an appreciative receptor of McPhee's writings on geological history ('Basin and Range', 'In Suspect Terrain', et cetera), I hoped to find the same sort of insight in his biographies. I was completely unfamiliar with the other subjects of the 'other Profiles' - they were merely an added bonus.
Nor was I to be disappointed. McPhee's portraits, whether of eccentric and unusual landscapes or of interestingly striated and deformed personalities, are fascinating. Aside from the humanised portrait of Hoving (who from his own writing appears to be something of an intellectual leviathan with the boundless energy of a cheetah after one too many coffees), there are the portraits of Euell Gibbons, a forager for the edible delicacies of the vacant yards and open spaces of wildernesses both urban and rural (who, amusingly, is described as 'the late' Euell Gibbons, which immediately led me to wonder, perhaps uncharitably, whether he had succumbed to one of his experimental foods); Robert Twynam, the Man Who Grew the Grass at Wimbledon (capitalisation my own) - an account which one might expect to be as interesting as, well, watching the grass grow, but really turns into a manner of deft psycho-horticulturo-sporting commentary; Temple Fielding, traveller and hotel connoisseur extraordinaire, who's favourite hotels became the basis for the ratings of an entire guidebook industry; and Carol Brewster, who's entry into the Sudanese civil service is a tale of intrigue and interest in a strife-torn corner of Africa.
These five biographical sketches, drawn with McPhee's effortless, almost conversational prose, are held together by one primary common thread: their subjects are intensely interesting men, pursuing occupations that, for various assorted reasons, are also intensely interesting. It is a book that grips and enthralls strangely, for it is not what one would expect to be a gripping, enthralling book. That, I believe, is its secret.
I can't imagine anyone not finding favourable comments for any of John McPhee's books - for once, popularity in a modern author is entirely justified. McPhee is a lucid, amusing, and thoroughly fascinating guide, no matter the subject which he has chosen about which to write. By all means, read 'A Roomful of Hovings', or, for that matter, any of his books, if your fellow-travellers on this beknighted little planet hold any interest at all for you. John McPhee is a fine a guide as one could ask.
These five profiles of 20th century personalities are remarkably fresh. The amount of research (and in some cases footwork) that went into them impressive.

The essay "Fifty-two People on a Continent" plods a bit, but is an interesting account of the influence of a group of young Americans working as civil servants for various African governments in their post-colonial periods.