The Gatekeeper: A Memoir

The Gatekeeper: A Memoir

Terry Eagleton


Often scathingly humorous, usually soft, and continuously thoroughly attractive, The Gatekeeper is Terry Eagleton's memoirs, his deep-etched photos of these who encouraged him, both by way of instance or in contrast: his father, headmasters, clergymen, and Cambridge dons. He was once a shy, bookish, asthmatic boy keenly conscious of social inferiority but made up our minds to make his highbrow manner. The Gatekeeper mixes the soberly critical with the downright hilarious, skewer-sharp satire with unashamed fondness, the private with the political. so much of all of it it finds a tender guy studying to reconcile oppositions: a double-edged portrait of the highbrow as a tender man.

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