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June 6, 2008 |
Matthew J. Bruccoli, 76, a University of South Carolina English professor who wrote and edited about two dozen books on author F. Scott Fitzgerald, died Wednesday of a brain tumor at his home in Columbia, S.C. Bruccoli taught at the university for almost 40 years and was the Emily Brown Jefferies distinguished professor emeritus. He was best known for his authoritative works on Fitzgerald, including "Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald" (1981) and "Scott and Ernest: The Fitzgerald-Hemingway Friendship" (1978)
December 31, 2004 |
Actor-director Frank Galati tells the quintessential John Logan anecdote. "His home in Evanston was gorgeous, an immense, yellow brick villa with a capacious garden," Galati says. "You walked up these broad stone stairs onto a terrace and into rooms with Minimalist decor and exquisite art objects. "But, as you gazed down a long, long corridor, there, at the end, stood a giant, life-size statue of the Alien." Logan to a T: elegant, tasteful, history conscious, slightly mischievous and increasingly a player in Hollywood.
April 14, 2002 |
"Who knows?" replied Lou Piniella, knowing there is no real answer. The Seattle Mariners' manager was sitting in his clubhouse office at Edison Field on a midweek afternoon, thinking about what once was, who Ken Griffey Jr. once was. He said he is pulling for his former center fielder to regain his incomparable form but wonders if the injuries that have impaired Griffey's talent--and dimmed his infectious persona--in each of the last two years might...
October 10, 2000 |
There is a lot going on between the two greatly separated covers of "O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life" (University of South Carolina Press), the first draft of Thomas Wolfe's first novel, "Look Homeward, Angel." In this 736-page book, there are 60,000 more of Wolfe's words, lovingly restored by literary scholars Arlyn and Matthew J. Bruccoli, who are given the unusual frontispiece credit "text established by." There are also pictures of the author, his family and his Asheville, N.C.
October 8, 2000 |
One dull gray morning in Manhattan in the 1930s, ThomasWolfe left his tiny 1st Avenue apartment to head downtown, sharing the elevator with a woman and her unruly German shepherd. The dog kept straining at him until her grip broke, then leaped up and planted his paws flat on the chest of the tall and disheveled 6-foot, 6-inch writer with piercing eyes, a sudden celebrity then being assailed all over New York for his notorious first novel, 1929's "Look Homeward, Angel." "Wolfe!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2000
Michael Ventura's thoughtful piece on the ever-changing nature of Los Angeles (Opinion, Aug. 13) portrays "a city that won't stay fixed and can't be defined." This recalls a description penned by novelist Thomas Wolfe in the 1930s not of a city but of an entire nation: "Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America, that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement." Any way you slice it, Los Angeles and America continue to move and change. That's how we came to be what we are today.