Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties

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Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties
Author Robert Stone
Country United States
Language English
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date
January 5, 2007
ISBN 9780060198169
Preceded by Bay of Souls
Followed by Fun with Problems

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties is the 2007 memoir of novelist Robert Stone. The book is structured as a series of personal vignettes[1] recounting Stone's global experiences covering approximately 15 years, from about 1958 to 1972.

Stone begins this memoir during his final year in the military (1958), when he visited South Africa as a navy journalist. At that time, Stone was serving in the Navy aboard a transport ship in the Indian Ocean.[2]

The book ends with Stone in another foreign outpost, this time working as a reporter and correspondent in Vietnam, where he witnessed the invasion of Laos. Some of these experiences were the impetus for what is perhaps Stone's most well-known book: the National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers, published in 1974.[3]

Many things happen during the time period between these two episodes. Some of the highlights include Stone's marriage to his wife Janice, and their move to New Orleans in 1960, a city that provides the setting for his first novel A Hall of Mirrors. Stone also describes his family's four-year expatriation in England. However, the core of "Prime Green" is Stone's account of his friendship with Ken Kesey,[4] starting at Stanford but including New York at the end of Kesey's famous bus trip with the Merry Pranksters to the 1964 New York World's Fair.[5] For historians, Stone's memoir is a vital first-hand account of many (now iconic) 1960s counterculture moments in the United States, and so may be a vital primary document for a crucial time period in a country's culture, literature, and history.[6]

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