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Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life
     

Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life

by Patricia Hampl (Editor), Elaine Tyler May (Editor), Andre Aciman (Contribution by), Matt Becker (Contribution by), June Cross (Contribution by)
 

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In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with history and where the necessities of narrative collide with mundane facts. and whether the record emerges from archival

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In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with history and where the necessities of narrative collide with mundane facts. and whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory, these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story—while also telling us true.

"reading each of these superb and provocative essays, readers understand history in the memoir and memoir in the history. What all the writers recognize is that they and their disciplines all deal with the vagaries of memory and how humans construct meaning in the present through memory, however expressed. a superb book. Highly recommended." —Choice

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Library Journal

Hampl, author of three memoirs (e.g., The Florist's Daughter), and May (history & American studies, Univ. of Minnesota; Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era) present this collection of essays by 14 talented writers who also happen to be memoirists, from André Aciman to D.J. Waldie. While histories (public narratives of record) are viewed as reliable and trusted sources, memoirs (intimate, personal accounts) are often viewed with some suspicion; yet, as Hampl and May point out, memoirs can be powerful testimonies to larger historical events. They devote each chapter to one author and include an extract from one of his or her memoirs followed by an essay by the author. The essays recount the contributors' experiences formulating and writing a memoir as well as their views on memoirs and how they fit into the world of nonfiction. The extracts and essays are equally fascinating, providing an inward look at the authors in addition to a small sampling of their work. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.
—Mark Alan Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873518154
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Tyler May has written several books on twentieth-century American history. Both are regents professors at the University of Minnesota.

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