How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life

eBook - 2013
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“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto
 
In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature.
 
Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Renata Adler’s Speedboat to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his “ridiculous” ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un-lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants “literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn’t lie about this––which is what makes it essential.”
 
A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.



Baker & Taylor
The National Book Critics Circle Award finalist author of Reality Hunger blends criticism, anthropology and biography to celebrate the fundamental power of literature while analyzing his own deeply ambivalent personality, concluding that the fundamental truths found in literature render it an essential component of life. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307961532
0307961532
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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