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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

November 5th, 2002

American novelist and memoirist Geoffrey Wolff (The Duke of Deception, 1979) is born in 1937 in Hollywood.

Geoffrey Wolff, b. November 5, 1936

Wolff is a very capable and serious writer of fiction, and his novels repay careful reading. But as a biographer and memoirist, he achieves real greatness. His book on Harry Crosby is a classic, as is his memoir of life with his father, The Duke of Deception. And his newest biography of John O’Hara makes gold of a very difficult subject.

Suggested Reading Novels Bad Debts, 1969. The Sightseer, 1974. Inklings, 1978. Providence: A Novel, 1986. The Final Club, 1990. The Age of Consent, 1995. Biography Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby, 1976. The Art of Burning Bridges: A Life of John O’Hara, 2003. Memoirs The Duke of Deception: Memories of My Father, 1979. A Day at the Beach: Recollections, 1992. Travel The Edge of Maine, 2005.

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