In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz

In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz


Few artists in the late twentieth century have captured the emotional, sexual, and political chaos of urban life as well as David Wojnarowicz. In the Shadow of the American Dream chronicles Wojnarowicz's life from age seventeen until his AIDS-related death at thirty-seven. An introspective writer and a radical artist, Wojnarowicz unequivocally defied bigotry even as he became a target for the right wing.

Wojnarowicz's diaries tell the story of his emergence as an artist and writer, from when he published his first photographs and began writing what would become The Waterfront Journals, to his traveling through Europe as a renowned painter and completing his tour de force, Close to the Knives. In the Shadow of the American Dream is, finally, a record of the private Wojnarowicz, falling in love for the first time, exploring erotic possibilities on the Hudson River piers, becoming overwhelmed by the demands of survival, and searching for the pleasure and freedom he believed one could live on.

Title: In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz

Author: Wojnarowicz, David; Scholder, Amy

Categories: Art, Autobiography/Biography/Memoir, Gay Studies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: N Y, Grove Press: 1999

ISBN Number: 0802116329

ISBN Number 13: 9780802116321

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Autobiography/Biography/Memoir

Weight: 1.00

Seller ID: 139978

Description: A clean, unmarked book with a tight binding. 267 pages. Light cup rings on black cover. Small ink mark on endpapers. Slight edge wear to dust jacket. David Wojnarowicz was a painter, photographer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist. He wrote Close to the Knives, The Waterfront Journals, and Memories That Smell Like Gasoline.

Keywords: essays, sex, New York, childhood, Memoir, street life, drugs, AIDS, politics, Family,