Edward Dahlberg

(1900_1977 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Edward Dahlberg
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Edward Dahlberg (July 22, 1900 – February 27, 1977) was an American novelist, essayist and autobiographer.

Edward Dahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Dahlberg. Together mother and son led a vagabond existence, until 1905 when she operated the Star Lady Barbershop in Kansas City. In April 1912 Dahlberg was sent to the Jewish Orphan Asylum, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lived until 1917. He eventually attended the University of California, Berkeley (1922–23) and Columbia University (B.S. in philosophy. 1925). more »

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  • ''Perhaps Samuel Johnson was a great man; he was certainly a drumbling one.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Allen Tate, the Forlorn Demon," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, maneating idol, lucre.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Florentine Codex," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the ...
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser Iscariots than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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