Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws
Mary Ann Caws
To the Boathouse: A Memoir, paperback
(University of Alabama Press, 2008)
Caws tells us of her early life in North Carolina where she made her debut and began to struggle with accepted social values; of her educational experiences at Bryn Mawr, in Paris, and at Yale—where she weds a professor of philosophy; of the joys, small and large, of a complicated marriage that ends in divorce, after which she strives toward self-sufficiency and self-understanding; of her passion for writing, teaching, art, and poetry; of her friendships with the writers, artists, and intellectuals who provided sanctuary for her mind and heart; and of the many light-filled summers spent with her children at their house in Provence. Returning to visit the southern landscape and her hometown, she dwells on the steadying influence in her life of a singular place: the boathouse in New York's Central Park where for most of her adulthood she has retreated for peace and solace. Mary Ann Caws is a distinguished professor of comparative literature, English, and French at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: JAN 1, 2008