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The Resource How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life

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How Literature Saved My Life
Title
How Literature Saved My Life
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Summary
“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
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Shields, David
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Literary Criticism
  • Nonfiction
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How Literature Saved My Life
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780307961532
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
How Literature Saved My Life
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:6cfab5a2-24b8-4197-b90f-79f2211c7c25
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307961532
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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