Josephine Herbst: The Starched Blue Sky of Spain and Other Memoirs

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While many critics agree with Alfred Kazin's New York Times Book Review assessment that Josephine Herbst's lyrical The Starched Blue Sky of Spain and Other Memoirs is her “best book”, the memoirs were not published as a book until 1991, almost thirty years after her death in 1969. According to her biographer Elinor Langer, Herbst began writing her memoirs in the mid 1950s. Herbst published three sections of the memoir as essays in The Noble Savage (1960, 1961) and New American Review (1968). A previously unpublished section, “The Magicians and their Apprentices”, was included in the 1991 publication. This important addition focuses on the significance of Herbst's childhood to her …

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Hubler, Angela E.. "The Starched Blue Sky of Spain and Other Memoirs". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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