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Remembering Denny

Calvin Trillin; Afterword by John Gregory Dunne

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In 1957, Roger "Denny" Hansen seemed a college hero for the ages: a charmer with a dazzling smile, a Rhodes scholar . . . perhaps a future president, as his friends only half joked. But life worked out differently for Denny. After early jobs in government and journalism, his life increasingly took a downward turn. By middle age he was alone and unfulfilled; he committed suicide in 1991, at the age of fifty-five.

In this engaging and clear-eyed contemplation of his late friend's life, Calvin Trillin attempts to chart the mysterious course of a career that had seemed full of limitless promise. He also embarks upon a provocative investigation of America in the 1950s—exploring the assumptions inherited by the "silent generation" as well as how those assumptions fared during the subsequent transformation of American society in the years that followed. Remembering Denny is not only a memoir of friendship, but also a meditation on our country's evolving sense of self.

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"Fascinating . . . A fine meditation on one life's aborted promise, the crippling burden of anticipated success, and the mysteries of the human heart." --Kirkus Reviews

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  • Calvin Trillin; Afterword by John Gregory Dunne

  • Calvin Trillin is the author of twenty books, including Family Man (FSG, 1998) and Messages from My Father (FSG, 1996). He writes a weekly column for Time and a weekly poem for The Nation. He lives in New York City.
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Calvin Trillin; Afterword by John Gregory Dunne

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