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Lost Property by Ben Sonnenberg

Lost Property

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Lost Property by Ben Sonnenberg
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Jun 16, 2020 | ISBN 9781681374222

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“Lost Property stands up to comparison with the great romantic autobiographies, with Stendhal’s Life of Henry Brulard and Musset’s Confessions of a Child of the Century, with Cyril Connolly’s aphoristic The Unquiet Grave and J.R. Ackerley’s delicious Hindoo Holiday. Its style is just right: darting, anecdotal, slightly bemused, possessing a lilting irony that makes for compulsive readability. There is also something funny, sexy, or shocking on every page.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“In this wry, clever memoir, . . . Sonnenberg unabashedly chronicles a childhood of spoils coupled with an absence of familial affection, a psychological wound he salved with clothes, books and women. . . . his cleverness shines brightest in self-deprecating jabs.” —Connor Goodwin, InsideHook

“Here is the story . . . of Sonnenberg’s passage from sometimes wicked child of privilege to sexual and intellectual errant to bold editor of one of the great journals of our time, Grand Street . . . [Sonnenberg] remains the magical center, the touchstone of what in many ways is the tale of a lover’s progress, with its shames and virtues.” —JoAnn Wypijewski, The Nation

“Lost Property
 chronicles the seductions and failures of a self-proclaimed poseur, a brilliant aesthete, and a son who was capable of living his life only after his father’s death . . . Sonnenberg’s voice is self-deprecating and proud, viciously funny and pained.” —Jane Mendelsohn, The Village Voice

“Lost Property
 reads like a Henry James novel rewritten by Nabokov. Sonnenberg is acutely conscious of his rarity value as a Croesus-rich man of letters and uses his wealth and wealth of reading to indulge his taste for posing.” —Susannah Herbert, The Sunday Telegraph

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