9780393320312

I Could Tell You Stories : Sojourns in the Land of Memory

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393320312

  • ISBN10:

    0393320316

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2000-08-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" ( Minneapolis Star Tribune ) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her. Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her family's response to her writing, the ethics of writing about family and friends, St. Augustine's Confessions , reflections on reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War, and an early experience reviewing Sylvia Plath. The word that unites the impulse within all the pieces is "Remember!"'a command that can be startling. For to remember is to make a pledge: to the indelible experience of personal perception, and to history itself.

Author Biography

Patricia Hampl is Regents' Professor at the University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

To the Reader 11(4)
Red Sky in the Morning
15(6)
Memory and Imagination
21(17)
The Mayflower Moment: Reading Whitman during the Vietnam War
38(23)
What She Couldn't Tell
61(22)
Czeslaw Milosz and Memory
83(20)
A Book Sealed with Seven Seals: Edith Stein
103(26)
The Smile of Accomplishment: Sylvia Plath's Ambition
129(37)
The Invention of Autobiography: Augustine's Confessions
166(18)
Reviewing Anne Frank
184(11)
The Need to Say It
195(13)
Other People's Secrets
208(23)
Acknowledgments 231

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