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Book Nook: 'Boy Almighty' by Frederick Manfred

Boy Almighty by Fredrick Manfred

Vick Mickunas' interviews the late Frederick Manfred's daughter, Freya Manfred.

In 1945 Frederick Manfred published his novel "Boy Almighty." The book was recently reissued and this provided me with the opportunity to speak to his daughter Freya Manfred about a novel that was deeply autobiographical. Most of the story is set in a sanitarium in the Midwest where patients were undergoing treatments to try to overcome tuberculosis. Manfred was writing what he knew, he once spent two years in a similar facility recovering from TB.

Manfred's body of work is massive, to prepare for this interview I read "Boy Almighty" as well as several other books by the author. I even read a memoir that Freya Manfred wrote about her father following his death in 1994. Reading that book gave me some revealing insights into a man who wrote so many incredible novels and the relationship that he had had with my guest Freya Manfred.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public LibraryClark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.