Helene Hanff: a Life

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A biography of Helene Hanff, the author of 84 Charing Cross Road by a leading authority on her life and works. Pastore was a long-time friend and neighbor of Hanff and had access to her books, letters and relatives and friends. A biographer often faces difficult choices. Some choose to report only verifiable facts; others elaborate based on rumor, gossip, letters and sometimes mere guessing in an effort to liven up what used to be called a non-fiction genre but which is now referred to as creative non-fiction. Most biographers have the luxury of a dead subject; no one to complain, to explain, to elucidate, to obfuscate. I had a dear friend who was very much alive and very much a friend. I could have chosen to ignore her wishes about respecting her privacy and publish away. Or I could have chosen to respect her wishes even though I knew I would not publish anything until after her death. I chose the latter and I relied on her version of her life, omitting material she did not want made public and including material I had no way of verifying but which originated with her. Much of what is known about her is the result of sometimes outlandish guesswork circulated on the internet (one of the most unreliable sources of information ever conceived by the mind of man.) Some sites have Helene as a lesbian; others as the mistress of a New York City politician. Some have her as a personal friend based on a visit with her in the lobby of her building; others claim intimate knowledge of her communist leanings based on Frank Doel's alleged friendship with a "soviet spy." I feel it is the biographer's function to present as much truth as possible, to respect sources and to verify what can be verified. Over the coming months I will publish on this site more of the interviews that appear in the book in an effort to add information which is already in the book but perhaps in a form not as complete and detailed as her admirers would wish or as space permitted. Above all, I honor my friendship with Helene above all other matters; it took me over ten years to actually decide to publish anything at all. I want her to be known, to be admired and to be respected for the person she was. I want her to be remembered for her wit, her insight and her goodness. ---Stephen R. Pastore grandoakbooks.com

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Stephen R. Pastore is an attorney and philanthropist/entrepreneur. Born in New York City, he became the first American elected to the prestigious Council of Management of The Thomas Hardy Society (UK) where he lectured and wrote on the works of Thomas Hardy throughout Britain. He is the author of A Poem to Die For: a Play, Monhegan Dramatists, 2010; Sinclair Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography published by The University of Scranton Press, 2008. Hemingway in Paris: a Play in 3 Acts, 2009; Brink of the World: Poems, Dover Books 2008, Jane Austen & Friends: A Play, Canton Press, 2008, Guilt: A Novel, Cohort Press 2009, Never on These Shores: A Novel, Cohort Press 2007, Alone in Eden: A Novel, Cohort Press 2006, A Collectors Guide to Thomas Hardy, Hamlin House Press (UK) 2003.The Black Riders by Stephen Crane (Pastore, ed.), Yale Books 1999, The Library of Helene Hanff, Yale Books, 1998, Hike and the Aeroplane by Sinclair Lewis, (Pastore, ed.), Yale Books 1997.

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A long-awaited biography of an endearing woman and cultural icon. Pastore, in his usual no nonsense, straightforward portrayal of literary figures has created a portrait of a deceptively complex person who has attracted a world-wide audience. Pastore's anecdotal style makes not only for an intereseting read, but for a journey of discovery--***Starred Review --New York Review of Books

...a new slant on a great character who has found her way into our hearts and homes...Pastore has peeled away the sentiment and revealed the real person...a must read for fans of 84 Charing Cross Road. --Chicago-Times-Tribune

A well-written and obviously definitive life story of a minor figure in the world of letters who has risen to the status of cult star for all the right reasns. Pastore, thankfully, has give her readers something to hold on to and cherish along with Hanff's often wonderful small books. --The Los Angeles Times

A well-written and obviously definitive life story of a minor figure in the world of letters who has risen to the status of cult star for all the right reasns. Pastore, thankfully, has give her readers something to hold on to and cherish along with Hanff's often wonderful small books. --The Los Angeles Times

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