A Whole New Life

Price, Reynolds

Published by Atheneum, 1994
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Synopsis: Reynolds Price has long been one of America's most acclaimed and accomplished men of letters-- the author of novels, stories, poems, essays, plays, and a memoir. In "A Whole New Life", however, he steps from behind that roster of achievements to pre sentus with a more personal story, a narra tiveas intimate and compelling as any work of the imagination. In 1984 a large cancer was discovered in his spinal cord ("The tumor was pencil-thick and gray-colored, ten inches long from my neck-hair downward"). Here, for the first time, Price recounts without self-pity what became a long struggle to withstand and recover from this appalling, if all too common, affliction (one American in three will experience some form of cancer). He charts the first puzzling symptoms; the urgent surgery that fails to remove the growth and the radiation that temporarily arrests it (but hurries his loss of control of his lower body); the occasionally comic trials of rehab; the steady rise of severe pain and reliance on drugs; two further radical surgeries; the sustaining force of a certain religious vision; an eventual discovery of help from biofeedback and hypnosis; and the miraculous return of his powers as a writer in a new, active life. Beyond the particulars of pain and mortal illness, larger concerns surface here-- a determination to get on with the human interaction that is so much a part of this writer It's much-loved work, the gratitude he feels toward kin and friends and some (though by no means all) doctors, the return to his prolific work, and the "now appalling, now astonishing grace of God." "A Whole New Life" offers more than the portrait of one brave person in tribulation; it offers honest insight, realistic encouragement, and inspiration to others who suffer the bafflement of catastrophic illness or who know someone who does or will.

About the Author: Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Reared and educated in the public schools of his native state, he earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Duke University, graduating first in his class. In 1955 he traveled as a Rhodes Scholar to Merton College, Oxford University to study English literature. After three years and the B. Litt. degree he returned to Duke where he continues to teach as James B. Duke Professor of English.

In 1962 his novel A Long and Happy Life appeared. It received the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel and has never been out of print. Since, he has published more than two dozen books. In 1986, his novel Kate Vaiden received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He also has published volumes of poems, plays, essays, translations from the Bible, and the memoir Clear Pictures; and he has written for the screen, for television, and texts for songs by James Taylor.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his books have appeared in sixteen languages.

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Title: A Whole New Life
Publisher: Atheneum
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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