Item description for Withdrawal Symptoms: Light Verse for All Weights by William Walden...
Over the past fifty years William Walden's poems-collected here for the first time-have been widely published in the United States and England. In the tradition of Ogden Nash, Walden appeals to both literary and popular sensibilities. His poems elevate the humble and deflate the pompous, celebrate quotidian truths and debunk accepted ones. Incisive and humorous, Walden is a conversational and companionable poet, a wry observer who brings everyman's eyes and ears to the complexities of modern life and culture while offering a wink and a nod to the literati. A native of New York City, Walden was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker from 1942 to 1983. His verse has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Punch, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Look, Poetry, Georgia Review, and Indiana Review. In this debut collection Walden delights with a splendid repertoire of self-effacing thoughts, mordant reflections, and puckish jabs on a variety of topics: the conundrum of gender and relationships, the fruits and ravages of time, the vexations of travel, the ordeal of aging and death, the pretentiousness of art and literature, the joys of language and word play, and many other subjects weighty and whimsical.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Bunim & Bannigan Ltd
ISBN 1933480017 ISBN13 9781933480015
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More About William Walden
Walden is in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois.
William Walden currently resides in the state of Illinois. William Walden was born in 1954.
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"If you can't think of a title.......than leave it blank" Dec 11, 2005
As a doctor in NYC I have had the fortune to meet the author William and his wife Harriet. The two are in their 90s and have been happily married for 67 years. Their bond is truly one for the ages and their humor and zest for life are unsurpassed.
When my colleagues and I first met the couple in the Emergency Room, we were all immediately impressed. They walked hand in hand. Harriet immediately reminded me of a smart version of Jerry Seinfeld's sweet Nana. Their warmth and happiness were inspiring to me. I had to know how they created such a special bond. I wondered if there is a recipe for a long life of love and happiness. Did they have it? And were they willing to share it?
They graciously accepted my invitation to allow my girlfriend Andrea and me to treat them to dinner at their home. At dinner they easily took on the role of storytellers. I came to learn that they met at Brooklyn College and married soon after. After graduation Bill landed a coveted job at The New Yorker as the executive assistant to the editor. He loved the intelligence and creativity that existed at The New Yorker. They soon had the first of their two children. Bill was then drafted for WWII. Before he left the job he loved, he informed Mr. Ross, his boss, that he knew of a replacement for him while he was away. Mr. Ross asked him, "Who is it?" Bill told him, "It's my wife." Mr. Ross then asked Bill, "Is she active? Can she get around?" Bill assured him she could. Harriet then started her career at The New Yorker. She was so unbelievable at the job that when Bill returned from the war Mr. Ross would not give him his old job back. Bill was of course brought back "into the mix" and they both continued to work at The New Yorker for forty years. Harriet looks back and cherishes all those whom she hired for their first jobs. They continue with their stories as if it were yesterday. Bill then showed us an advance copy of his first published book. Andrea and I started to read and were immediately blown away.
"Withdrawal Symptoms" is a collection of light verse written by Bill during the past fifty years. All were drafted with vintage fountain pens, which he collects.
Bill's wit and creativity are present in every sentence.
I hope others will read these poems and understand where they came from and what we can all learn about love, happiness, humor and devotion from them.
I am grateful to have had this opportunity to get to know them and to try and tell their story. After all, they don't own a computer and have barely heard of this site.com.