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McCourt admired Edward Dahlberg's superb autobiography BECAUSE I WAS FLESH and modeled his own ANGELA'S ASHES after it, both writers casting their mothers as the central characters. Both emerged from impoverished childhoods to achieve success, though Dahlberg's was critical rather than financial. Dahlberg was dead when ANGELA'S ASHES was published in 1996, but his former wife, R'lene Dahlberg, was alive. She was the first person to encourage McCourt to publish his work and stated in a private note (included here) that she "got him his first publication- called 'If you live in a lane.'" Her importance to McCourt was publicly acknowledged by him in his book where she is listed first on the Acknowledgments page:
"This is a small hymn to an exaltation of women.
R'lene Dahlberg fanned the embers."
McCourt told friends a funny tale of walking with Edward Dahlberg down Second Avenue. Dahlberg was "pontificating like Jehova" and as they approached the Jewish funeral home where his "sainted" mother had been laid out, Dahlberg stepped in dog excrement.
"How can letters flourish in the commonwealth," Dahlberg immediately raved, "when pederasts are permitted to parade their poodles to dung on the pavement!"
He removed his soiled shoe and threw it in the city garbage can, continuing home with one shoe on and one shoe gone.
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- Charles Agvent (US)
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- ARCHIVE OF LETTERS: 21 pages
- McCOURT, Frank
- Book condition
- Used - Folds from mailing. Near Fine
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- Date published
- 1983 - 1990
- Signed; Modern Firsts; Archives; Signed Letter; Modern First Editions; Irish Literature
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- Irish Literature;
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