"Daddy, you bastard, I’m through": On Literary Parricides
Commentary on nine memoirs written by the children of famous literary figures who always put their writing first. Meyers characterizes the children’s responses, ranging from adoration to hatred, in their struggles to establish their own identities. Describes Gregory Hemingway’s 1976 memoir, Papa, as his attempt to reconcile his childhood memories of his heroic father with the drunken bore his father became in his later years. Notes that Gregory, while relieved by his father’s death, remained permanently damaged by his father’s actions.