Book Review: This Is Me, Jack Vance! Or More Properly, This Is I

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Group News

This Is Me, Jack Vance! Or More Properly, This Is I by Jack (John Holbrook) Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013)
Copyright 2009
ISBN 978-1-61947-065-1
File Size: 3018 KB
Print Length: 213 pages
Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC (April 17, 2012)
Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Jack Vance is one of my favorite authors, so when I discovered his autobiography had been published I naturally bought a copy for my Kindle and started reading it.  Vance is somewhat notorious for not talking about his writing process, and although he largely remains true to this idiosyncrasy, he does make a few exceptions in his autobiography, mainly at the insistence of his editor.

Vance starts with vivid memories from his early childhood, progresses through several attempts at college, and spends most of his time describing his married life.  If you’re familiar with his work, you’ll find a few familiar scenarios that appear in his novels.

A few things that I was interested in learning is that Jack Vance never wrote with a typewriter.  He wrote his novels longhand, using one or more fountain pens with various color inks.  When he finally lost his eyesight, his son arranged a word processor for him so that he could continue writing.  I was surprised to learn that Vance and his family traveled extensively, settling down in some exotic location just long enough to write a novel or two, then moving on.  The family ran out of money several times, but this condition didn’t seem to phase Vance very much.

This book is an excellent read, and provides real insight into the life of a truly great author.  I recommend it to everyone.

You can read my review in its entirety here:Book Review: This Is Me, Jack Vance! Or More Properly, This Is I as it amuses you.

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