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"Childhood can be a golden age no matter where it is spent." --Michael Dirda

Self-professed bookworm Michael Dirda grew up in the industrial city of Lorain, Ohio, also the hometown of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Throughout his traditional working-class family upbringing in the 1950s and 1960s, Dirda relied on books to educate, inform and entertain himself. Though his voracious reading earned him good grades in school and a college scholarship, it also formed in him an appreciation for books and authors that would determine his career path.

Dirda has been a writer and senior editor for "The Washington Post Book World" for more than 25 years. He writes a Sunday column about books, from new-book reviews to reflections on neglected masterpieces. His work earned him the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

Music on the show:
Artist: Simon Wynberg, guitar
CD Title: Summertime: Music for Oboe and Guitar
Song: "Two Bardenklange" Op. 13, No. 1 - "An die Entfernte," by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Label & Year: Chandos, 1992

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