Memories of the Ford Administration: A Novel - John UpdikeHamish Hamilton, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little lightly scuffed in places. Top edge of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
First British Edition. [First Published: 1992, U. S. A. ] From the cover: “John Updike’s superb new novel mirrors two American eras — the most sexually liberated time in recent history (the Ford years) and the critical period leading up to the Civil War (the Buchanan era).
Under the guise of contributing to a symposium on the Gerald Ford Administration, Alfred Clayton, a history instructor at Wayward College, New Hampshire, reviews his life as it was in those years. Amid the chaos of his current domestic desolation it gives him the opportunity to review the halcyon days of his youth. He describes his attempt to leave his wife, ‘the Queen of Disorder’, for his mistress, ‘the Perfect Wife’, as well as some of the stray sexual contacts almost obligatory in the promiscuous seventies. He also provides extracts from his biography of President Buchanan. This magnum opus, a somewhat perverse piece of historical research resurrecting America’s only bachelor President, has never been completed, let alone published.
As Clayton’s personal memoirs reveal a man incapable of fidelity even to his mistress, the tantalizing question emerges — what has drawn him to Buchanan with such devotion? What does Clayton have in common with this quaint but unremarkable President? As the two stories interweave, the nature of fact itself is called into question.”