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Breaking the Silence

Roger J. Porter

in Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449871
eISBN:
9780801460968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449871.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines two autobiographies in which the writers show how their fathers kept them from knowing the truth of their identities: Essie Mae Washington-Williams's Dear Senator and Bliss ... More


Conclusion: Freedom or Exploitation?

Roger J. Porter

in Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449871
eISBN:
9780801460968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449871.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book concludes by raising a number of questions related to adult children's memoirs and autobiographies about their fathers' secrets. One question has to do with the relation of secrets and ... More


Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers

Roger J. Porter

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449871
eISBN:
9780801460968
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449871.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

There has been a noticeable and surprising number of memoirs recently published by adult children whose fathers have led secret lives. Some of the fathers had second families; some had secret ... More


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