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Writing into the World: Essays, 1973-1987

Des Pres, Terrence

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ISBN 10: 0670804649 / ISBN 13: 9780670804641
Published by Viking, New York, 1991
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25 cm, 295, Introduction by poet Paul Mariani. Foreword by Elie Wiesel. Essays on war crimes, Elie Wiesel, Bettelheim, John Irving, Brecht, Aries' The Hour of Our Death, John Gardner's death, Auden, Hardy, Vietnam, and Armenia. Bookseller Inventory # 22087

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Title: Writing into the World: Essays, 1973-1987

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Printing.

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Essays discuss the author's childhood, the function of literary criticism, poetry and politics, and modern literature and writers

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These 22 essays by the late scholar-author reflect on writing and criticism, poetry and politics. Subjects include Ophuls's film The Memory of Justice , the novels of John Irving, The Hour of Our Death by Phillipe Aries, George Orwell, W.H. Auden, and Bruno Bettelheim, whose views on the Holocaust and attack on Des Pres's The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life in the Death Camps ( LJ 9/15/76) are refuted at length. In all cases, the author speaks against subjective, academic, self-referential tendencies, searching instead for writing that focuses on the "struggle for spiritual autonomy," for "engagement with the world rather than envisionment of a world elsewhere." His touchstones are the Holocaust, the tension between intellectual inquiry and power, the overarching nuclear threat. Despite the grimness of his subjects and our situation, he passionately feels the need to act for the victim and "to begin again to believe that decency is possible." Foreword by Elie Wiesel.
- Richard Kuczkowski, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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