Arrivals and Departures (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
Arrivals and Departures has, in a sense, been in the making since 1929 when Richard Rovere, away in boarding school at the age of fifteen, began writing his parents the letters which form the “School Days” chapters of the book. Most of the book, however, covers the quarter-century between 1951 and 1976 when the author served as a political journalist and sometime literary critic.
During the last three decades Rovere has become one of America’s great journalists, and yet he is not well-known to the average reader. While the “Letters from Washington” articles in the New Yorker created many helpless addicts over the years in treating such passionate issues as Vietnam and Watergate with balance and discipline, his voice has often gone unnoticed amidst the inflammatory rhetoric of the last decade or so. The restraint and balance he has displayed have not always been popular qualities in our age of partisanship. Rovere has been writing his occasional “Letters from Washington” for almost thirty years, during which time he has become highly regarded by knowledgeable Washington figures and serious students of national affairs. It is Arrivals and Departures, however, which finally unveils him to the average reader. The book is a collection of gracefully written memoirs, delicately balanced between remove and self-evaluation. Much of the material is gently edged with those ironies and self-depreciations characteristic of a...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
Booklist. LXXIII, November 15, 1976, p. 434.
Kirkus Reviews. XLIV, September 15, 1976, p. 1074.
Library Journal. CI, October 1, 1976, p. 2058.
National Review. XXVII, November 12, 1976, p. 1245.
New York Times Book Review. November 14, 1976, p. 2.
Newsweek. LXXXVIII, November 29, 1976, p. 108.
Publisher’s Weekly. CX, October 4, 1976, p. 67.
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