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Short Synopsis
From a former Poet Laureate, a new collection of essays delivering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage point of very old age.

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Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the "unknown, unanticipated galaxy" of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight.

Hall paints his past: "Decades followed each other—thirty was terrifying, forty I never noticed because I was drunk, fifty was best with a total change of life, sixty extended the bliss of fifty . . ." And, poignantly, often joyfully, he limns his present: "When I turned eighty and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and gained four inches." Most memorably, Hall writes about his enduring love affair with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm and with the writing life that sustains him, every day.

"By exploring the joys and vicissitudes of a long life, this work offers revealing insights into the human condition." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"That sense of joy infuses these gentle essays." ---Kirkus

"Many readers may find themselves hoping they'll be this cogent and canny when they're 'after 80.'" ---Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review

Essays After Eighty

Author Donald Hall

Narrated by Tom Perkins

Publication date May 26, 2015

Running time 4 hrs 7 min

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