20th century expatriate American novelist and essayist
Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977) was born in Boston to a single mother, Elizabeth Dahlberg. Troubled by constantly unsettled circumstances, Elizabeth Dahlberg eventually became the operator of a barbershop in Kansas City in 1905. Edward was placed in a Cleveland, Ohio orphanage in 1912 and enlisted in the army during the last days of World War I. He received a degree from Columbia University then became part of the community of expatriate American writers in late-1920s Paris. Later in his career, he devoted considerable time to literary study and criticism, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976.
“Can These Bones Live is in the crystalline vein of the English Bible, of Shakespeare and Sir Thomas Browne, running through the torpid substance of modern life, and is as relevant to our present condition as any book of wisdom… ”
— Herbert Read on Edward Dahlberg's