Monday 15 July 2013
Q & A with Lee Olds
The writer Lee Olds sold 250,000 books in the 1960s and achieved great critical success. After a period in the publishing wilderness his books are now finally being released by Not So Noble Books for a new audience. His first novel ‘Too Much Sun’ came out in June and two of his other novels will be published this summer. “By Kerouac out of Salinger . . . The pioneer of a new post-Beatnik generation.” was how the New York Tribune described ‘Too Much Sun’. He describes himself thus: “Grew up in mansion of rich parents, made honor roll plus athletic plaudits in prep school I detested and was asked to leave at year's end. Went to work, traveled to Alaska, Got B.A. from Cal Berkeley, M.A. in philosophy from SF State. My thesis was on 'time, space, and infinity' and though my adviser said his committee had decided to award me the degree he also claimed if he read it over for six months he doubted he'd understand it. Worked on waterfront in Manhattan as well as San Francisco. Was disinherited along the way. Wintered for many years in Puerto Vallarta. Wrote (and still do) constantly though I have been accused of being too original to be published, too harsh, too fatalistic, etc. well, I’m still here writing and perhaps now getting published.
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