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The Doctor Stories
     

The Doctor Stories

by William Carlos Williams, Robert Coles (Compiler), William Eric Williams (Afterword)
 

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Not only for students and doctors, this volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography.
These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father,

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Not only for students and doctors, this volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography.
These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge. As Coles suggests, Dr. Williams's writing can help many others take a knowing look at the medical profession.

Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
“This is powerful but not comfortable reading, in the prose of a poet and the vision of a healer. I wish...all doctors could read it. He was a good man and a good poet, for both of which we, with Dr. Coles, 'as many in New Jersey had occasion to say during the first half of this century, say and say again: Thank you, Dr. Williams.'”
Philip Gourevitch - The Book List
“Stories written with the swift, concise, unsentimental exactitude of a great diagnostician who also happened to be a great poet.”
Richard Sobel
“Impoverished patients was the rich literary lode his muse mined late every evening [or] snatched from his busy practice.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811209267
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/1984
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
293,214
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), author of Paterson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel, is widely considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Also a short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator, he helped in a big way to establish modernism in America.

Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist and writer who has spent his life doing documentary work. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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