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Based on interviews with both Americans and Vietnamese, Winners and Losers is Gloria Emerson’s powerful portrait of the Vietnam War. From soldiers on the battlefield to protesters on the home front, Emerson chronicles the war’s impact on ordinary lives with characteristic insight and brilliance.
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This marvelous debut novel by former New York Times correspondent and National Book Award-winner Gloria Emerson is a witty and deeply affecting portrait of the stubborn hopes and disillusionment of a privileged woman who dreams of making a difference in the world. The polite correspondence she shares with the novelist Graham Greene inspires Molly Benson to see him as her moral guiding light. After his death in 1991, Molly sets out to honor his memory by going on a mission with two friends to Algeria at the start of that nation's brutal civil war, intending to save intellectuals from Islamic fundamentalist hit squads. But nothing in her genteel existence has prepared her for the perilous journey on which she and her humble delegation are about to embark.
Nothing is known about Emerson's education.
In Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, Emerson began to write for newspapers, freelancing for The New York Times in 1956. She was employed by the Times in 1957 to work on the women's page, but hated writing only about fashion. She quit in 1960 to marry, moving to Brussels, but divorced the following year. She was re-hired by the Times in 1964 to cover fashion in Paris. She transferred to the paper's London bureau in 1968, covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Emerson's book Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from a Long War is a compilation of four years' of interviews with Vietnam veterans and their families, antiwar activists, and Vietnamese soldiers. The book also gives a personal account of being in Vietnam during wartime. "For fifteen years it was a country that haunted and held me. It still does; I do not expect to recover," explains Emerson in the book. Winners and Losers won the 1978 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Some American Men, Emerson's second book, highlights the lives of a cross-section of men to comment on masculinity, society, and war. In the book, Emerson shares details of interviews with a range of men, including a college football player, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a security guard, a doctor, a mechanic, a student in a rock band, a correspondent, a priest, and a food-plant worker. The volume's breadth caused several critics to question the author's overall purpose. Some American Men was also criticized for not representing all U.S. males.
Emerson's debut novel, Loving Graham Greene, tells the story of Molly Benson, an obsessed fan of writer Graham Greene. Benson has corresponded with Greene since a chance meeting in a restaurant, and in the novel's preface Emerson explains that Greene's correspondences included in the novel are actual letters written to "an American friend." The book begins with Greene's death in 1991, and Molly's desire to do something good in his honor. She decides to travel to Algeria, a country then engaged in a civil war, and give money to Algerian writers and journalists to help protect them from fundamentalist hit squads. Throughout the book, Molly's naiveté and desire to help people drive her character through perilous situations.
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Emerson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004.
Emerson was married to Charles A. Brofferio from 1960 to 1961.