The Journal I Did Not Keep

Admired for “a voice unlike any other” (Cynthia Ozick) and a style both “wry and poignant” (The New Yorker), Lore Segal long ago established herself as a masterful literary stylist. Selecting from her essays, novels, New Yorker stories, and more, this volume is a feast for fiction and memoir lovers alike — and a glorious opportunity to savor her distinctive body of work over the course of a long career.

LORE SEGAL is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Shakespeare’s Kitchen, as well as the novels Half the Kingdom, Lucinella, Other People’s Houses, and Her First American. She is the recipient of the American Academy and the Institutes of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The O’Henry Prize, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and other publications. She also writes children’s books and translates from the German. Now 90 years old, Segal lives and works in New York City.

”[Segal’s] genuine tenderness toward her characters, despite their faults, and her tendency to revisit the same people in different books and at different life stages reads like a satisfying grasp for continuity by a woman who has continuously experienced profound loss.” —Vanity Fair

”An eclectic, covertly joyful book, [that] shares with the rest of Segal’s writing an openhearted curiosity toward life, even at its ugliest moments.” Harper’s Magazine

”A spectacular volume … Segal is a monumental writer, one of the finest of her generation; this lovely collection is a fine introduction to her work.” —*STARRED* KIRKUS REVIEWS