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Also a poet : Frank O'Hara, my father, and me / Ada Calhoun.

Calhoun, Ada, (author.).


"When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O'Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started forty years earlier. As a lifelong O'Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O'Hara's past, but also her father's, and her own. The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it. In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind." -- From publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9780802159786
  • ISBN: 0802159788
  • Physical Description: 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-243).
Subject: Schjeldahl, Peter.
Calhoun, Ada.
O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966.
Poets > Biography.
Art critics > Biography.
Father and child.
Parent and child.
East Village (New York, N.Y.)
Calhoun, Ada.
O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966.
Schjeldahl, Peter.
Art critics.
Father and child.
Parent and child.
New York (State) > New York > East Village.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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