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Compass Points

(2001)
How I Lived
A non fiction book by

 
 
In a luminous memoir of a life richly lived, one of America's finest writers explores the themes that have shaped his life and work: the glories of the natural world, the lure of working for a circus and fighting forest fires, the afflictions of temporary blindness and blocked speech, and the enduring influence of literary friendships, including John Berryman's, Edward Abbey's, and his mentor, Archibald MacLeish.

From his childhood in rural Connecticut to some of the earth's last remaining wildernesses, Hoagland has traveled the world wielding his unusual gift for observation. In Compass Points he delivers an honest and lively accounting of his voyages through two marriages; the New York parties he attended as a precocious young writer; Vermont hippiedom and academia; his many vivid sojourns into Europe, Alaska, British Columbia, the Sudan; and, perhaps most unforgettably, his stint in the "Animal Department" of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus fifty years ago. Leavened with Hoagland's trademark humor and insight, Compass Points is an entertaining and moving account of the days and nights of one of our most eminent literary voices.



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Hardback Editions

February 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Compass Points: How I Lived
Author(s): Edward Hoagland
ISBN: 0-375-40246-2 / 978-0-375-40246-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Compass Points: How I Lived
Author(s): Edward Hoagland
ISBN: 0-375-70240-7 / 978-0-375-70240-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Compass Points: How I Lived
Author(s): Edward Hoagland
Publisher: Vintage
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