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Wanda Hickey's night of golden memories and other disasters
Shepherd, Jean.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, [1971]

Physical Description:
350 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Main Street Book."

"Stories originally appeared in Playboy magazine."
The grandstand passion play of Delbert and the Bumpus hounds -- County fair! -- Scut Farkas and the murderous Mariah -- Ollie Hopnoodle's haven of bliss -- The star-crossed romance of Josephine Cosnowski -- Daphne Bigelow and the spine-chilling saga of the snail-encrusted tinfoil noose -- The return of the smiling Wimpy doll -- Wanda Hickey's night of golden memories.
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A bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana and the basis of the movie A Christmas Story.

Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant--and utterly hilarious--works of comic art.

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories is a universal (and achingly funny) orchestration of Midwestern puberty rites, from the gut-wrenching playground antics of one Delbert Bumpus, to the supernal glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherd's (and everyone else's) junior prom.

A comic genius who bridges the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri.

Author Notes

For many years a cult radio and cabaret personality in New York City, Jean Shepherd was the creator of the popular film A Christmas Story, which is based in part on this book and has become a holiday tradition on the Turner Network. He died in October 1999 near his home on Sanibel Island, Florida.