Anne Fadiman, Francis Writer in Residence and adjunct professor of English
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
In “The Wine Lover’s Daughter,” Anne Fadiman examines her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine.
An appreciation of wine — along with an upper-crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature — was an essential element of Clifton Fadiman’s escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to Manhattan. But wine was not just a class-vaulting accessory, the author contends; it was an object of ardent desire. “The Wine Lover’s Daughter” traces the arc of a man’s infatuation from the glass of cheap Graves he drank in Paris in 1927; through the Château Lafite-Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his 80th birthday, when he and the bottle were exactly the same age; to the wines that sustained him in his last years, when he was blind but still buoyed by hedonism.