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Life Itself!: An Autobiography

Elaine Dundy

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

* For literary high-life and hi-jinx, there can be nothing more glorious than the autobiography of Elaine Dundy, author of The Dud Avocado and first wife of Kenneth Tynan

Author of the celebrated and hilarious THE DUD AVOCADO, the classic novel about a young American ingenue in Paris, Elaine Dundy was born in New York in the 1930s. Her first years were spent in an apartment on Park Avenue until the stock market crash wiped out most of the family's money. She went to university in the south where, among other studies, she worked hard at losing her virginity. Deciding the stage was her true home, Elaine Dundy headed first to Paris and then to London, where she met and married the famous theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. Though their union was intoxicating, it was far from easy and the successful publication in 1958 of her novel finished off the marriage. But it was the opening of a new world of writers for Elaine Dundy, including friendships with Tennessee Williams, Hemingway and Gore Vidal. Extremely funny and extraordinarily honest this wonderfully remembered story of growing up in America is as much a tonic as life itself.

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Elaine Dundy

Elaine Dundy was the author of the novels The Dud Avocado, The Old Man and Me and Life Itself!, her autobiography. She was once married to the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. She died in April 2008.

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