The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg (Paperback)

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The flamboyant and irascible Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977) wrote twenty

books including, most notably, Because I Was Flesh, his autobiographical masterpiece, which Alfred Kazin called "A work of extraordinary honesty, eloquence, and power." According to Sir Herbert Read: "A great achievement. The magnificent portrait of the author's mother is as relentless, as detailed, as loving as a late Rembrandt."

Consigned to the Jewish Orphan Home in Cleveland, Ohio, by his mother, a lady barber, Dahlberg's vagabond life took him to Berkeley, California, expatriate Paris, in the late twenties, and Greenwich Village; but always back to Kansas City, home of the Star Lady Barbershop, and his mother.

Dahlberg's stormy literary career spanned five decades and brought him into contact (and conflict) with many of the luminaries of his time, including D.H. Lawrence (who wrote the Introduction to his first novel, Bottom Dogs), Granville Hicks, Sidney Hook, James T. Farrell, Ford Madox Ford, Robert Graves, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Alice Neel, and Allen Ginsberg.

Charles DeFanti was a close friend of Edward Dahlberg for the last four years of Dahlberg's life, conducted hundreds of interviews for this book and has written an Afterword for this edition.

About the Author


Charles DeFanti taught English at Kean University for 36 years and has served for decades on the board of directors for the New York University Biography Seminar. He is a long-time resident of Greenwich Village, where he breathed the same air as Edward Dahlberg, and has enjoyed many of the same persons and places as the old curmudgeon.DeFanti was a close friend of Edward Dahlberg for the last four years of Dahlberg's life, conducted hundreds of interviews for this book, and has written an Afterword for this edition. "...DeFanti's book is more than a successful piece of sleuthing. It is also the story of the making of a writer as he absorbs and rejects literary influences and searches for a style best suited to his materials and to his literary personality--that of 'the brooding, self-pitying and self-mocking narrator.' " -Daniel Aaron, American Literature
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566494212
ISBN-10: 1566494214
Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers
Publication Date: January 1st, 2025
Pages: 276
Language: English