A personal and professional memoir of a major literary catalyst in the stateon radio and the lecture platform, as author, agent, teacher, and book collector. Her review broadcasts hold the national record for fifty years on the air. Oppenheimer pulls punches in her evaluation of books, writers, and the society and organizations related to them, including anecdotes about such literary and artistic stars as Irving Stone, Willie Morris, Peter Hurd, Agatha Christie, Herman Wouk, Leon Uris, James Michener, Jacqueline Susann, and Alistair Cooke. She also tells of her own life and that of a grander and more elegant generation of Dallasites.
Born in Dallas, where she graduated from Forest Avenue High School, EVELYN OPPENHEIMER attended the University of Chicago. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa she returned to Dallas. A literary agent for thirty-five years, she also taught book reviewing at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, SMU, University of Dallas, UCLA, University of Wisconsin extension. UNT Press has endowed a series in her name.