The Grim Reader

The Grim Reader

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by Maura Spiegel
     
 

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   The fear of death, the pain of bereavement, the art of consolation, and the custom of mourning—these are experiences with which all mortals must reckon.  In The Grim Reader, editors Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman have gathered the best classic and contemporary writing on mortality—from Montaigne to Monty Python—to

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   The fear of death, the pain of bereavement, the art of consolation, and the custom of mourning—these are experiences with which all mortals must reckon.  In The Grim Reader, editors Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman have gathered the best classic and contemporary writing on mortality—from Montaigne to Monty Python—to produce an essential resource for the heart and mind. These idiosyncratic and always enlightening pieces are grouped into thematic parts in which a diversity of perspective on death are revealed.  From death in its most personal sphere to the major issues of death in the public realm, The Grim Reader offers a fresh and unmediated encounter with mortality and the many dimensions of grief and recovery.

   A compelling collection of poems, fiction, letters, historical documents, essays, and narrations from a wide variety of writers, including:

Vladimir Nabokov- John Ashbery- Samuel Beckett
Adam Smith- Simone de Beauvoir- Grace Paley
Giovanni Boccaccio- Bertolt Brecht- Roland Barthes
James Baldwin- Primo Levi- Anne Sexton
Luis Buñuel- Paul Monette- Jessica Mitford- Stanley Elkin
 




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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307874368
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/16/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

About the Editors

Maura Spiegel teaches at Columbia University and Barnard College.  She has recently completed a book on the history of emotions in the nineteenth century.

Richard Tristman was a professor of literature for twenty-eight years.  He is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and is now writing a book on the idea of indecency.




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