As a graduate student, Michael Mewshaw overheard his girlfriend propositioned by James Dickey, served as chauffeur and drinking companion to William Styron, and under George Garrett's direction impersonated a Playboy fiction editor on television. So he began a remarkable literary life in which Mewshaw grants us the sizable pleasure of passing time with some of the twentieth century's finest and most interesting writers. Mewshaw describes poignant episodes and painful lessons, including his complex relationship with Robert Penn Warren and Eleanor Clark. But his memoir is also filled with humorous events: mistaking Carlos Fuentes for James Jones's handyman, being tricked into babysitting Anthony Burgess's precocious son, and receiving publishing advice from safari-garbed pulp novelist Harold Robbins. Mewshaw recounts visits with Paul Bowles in Tangier, brief collisions with the likes of Mary McCarthy and William Gaddis, and enduring friendships with Graham Greene, Pat Conroy, and Gore Vidal. Vivid and original, this book shimmers with Mewshaw's talent as a reporter and travel writer and benefits from a novelist's distinctive voice and flawless instinct for what makes a situation sad or important, arresting or just plain funny. Do I Owe You Something? Will appeal to anyone who has ever yearned to write or to meet the men and women who do.
Used availability for Michael Mewshaw's Do I Owe You Something?
February 2003 : USA Hardback