Russell Hoban

Alida Allison (San Diego State University); Yvonne Studer (Independent Scholar - North America)
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Born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on 4 February 1925 to Ukranian immigrants Abram T. and Jeanette Dimmerman Hoban, Russell Hoban grew up the youngest of three children in a cultured, socially-committed household. His father, the Philadelphia advertising manager for the

Jewish Daily Forward,

directed amateur productions of Russian and Yiddish plays and protest theatre. Perched in trees on his parents' land, Hoban read prodigiously. In the essays “I, that was a child, my tongue's use sleeping…” and “With a Choked Cry”, published in

The Moment Under the Moment

(1992) and republished in 1999 in

The Russell Hoban Omnibus

, and in “Wilde Pomegranates”, Hoban writes about his early years and the life-long influence that his immersion in books had upon him. He drew extremely well as a…

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Citation: Allison, Alida, Yvonne Studer. "Russell Hoban". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 July 2005; last revised 28 June 2022. [, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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