Camden Bound: Going Home After a Lifetime of Absence

David Haward Bain

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Camden Bound: Going Home After a Lifetime of Absence

Camden Bound Going Home After a Lifetime of Absence Long form personal literary essay about the historic but blighted city of Camden New Jersey words Camden BoundGoing Home After a Lifetime of Absence For most of my life writes David Haward Ba

  • Title: Camden Bound: Going Home After a Lifetime of Absence
  • Author: David Haward Bain
  • ISBN: 2940013113169
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Nook
  • Long form personal literary essay about the historic but blighted city of Camden, New Jersey 19,000 words.Camden BoundGoing Home After a Lifetime of Absence For most of my life, writes David Haward Bain, my birthplace, the city of Camden, New Jersey has been a point of irony, worth a wince and often a hasty explanation that though I was born in Camden we didn t actuallyLong form personal literary essay about the historic but blighted city of Camden, New Jersey 19,000 words.Camden BoundGoing Home After a Lifetime of Absence For most of my life, writes David Haward Bain, my birthplace, the city of Camden, New Jersey has been a point of irony, worth a wince and often a hasty explanation that though I was born in Camden we didn t actually ever live in Camden, but in a succession of pleasant South Jersey suburban towns The few miles between the Camden city limits and Westmont or Haddonfield was the width of a continent industrial Camden, home office Camden, blue collar Camden, slum Camden, was the place that, when called upon to fill out applications or other forms, I would write out the name Camden I m ashamed to name my shame now with a shudder The city, which had a proud industrial heyday lasting some 150 years, was the home of the communications giant, RCA, as well as Campbell s Soup and Esterbrook Pens, among many others it had been the terminus of America s first railroad line and the place of one of the country s greatest shipyards It was perhaps most famous, though, for having been the home of the Good Gray Poet, Walt Whitman But for decades now, Camden has fallen on hard times very hard times Close to the end of the 20th Century, Time Magazine s cover story on urban decay would ask, Who Could Live Here After he had begun to navigate a writing life Bain is the author of the acclaimed history, Empire Express Building the First Transcontinental Railroad, and the moving memoir, The Old Iron Road An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West the very notion of Camden began to intrigue me what to do with it How to use it How to fit it in The feeling intensified after 1984, when my father died Bain s father had worked in radio back in the medium s infancy, and later joined RCA, the most vivid time of his life The son began to feel an inexorable pull.Wanting to see the hometown he had never lived in, Bain journeyed back, tracing family footsteps as well as those of that most inspirational poet, Walt Whitman, seeking to reanimate a blasted, struggling city in his mind s eye, and to celebrate it and the extraordinary panoply of historical characters associated with it This he does brilliantly, movingly, in a kaleidoscopic montage that brings the past and present into sharp and simultaneous focus a quality of his work celebrated by readers and critics for 30 years The dead seem to rise up and greet him, said essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg in The New York Times Book Review of Bain s historical memoir, The Old Iron Road, and the living save their best stories for him Such is true of the unforgettable, stylistically adventurous Camden Bound Presented in 11 narrative sections, which are discontinuous and contrapuntal, it leaps with assurance across time and boundaries In appearance it is similar to a museum catalog, except the illustrations cited here appear only in the mind s eye of the reader From there they may never be displaced Camden Bound is a modern classic.

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