I Could Tell You Stories

I Could Tell You Stories

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by Patricia Hampl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393320316

ISBN-13: 9780393320312

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Memoir has become the signature genre of our age.
In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her. Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her

Overview

Memoir has become the signature genre of our age.
In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her. Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her family's response to her writing, the ethics of writing about family and friends, St. Augustine's Confessions, reflections on reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War, and an early experience reviewing Sylvia Plath. The word that unites the impulse within all the pieces is "Remember!"—a command that can be startling. For to remember is to make a pledge: to the indelible experience of personal perception, and to history itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320312
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
795,976
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

To the Reader11
Red Sky in the Morning15
Memory and Imagination21
The Mayflower Moment: Reading Whitman during the Vietnam War38
What She Couldn't Tell61
Czeslaw Milosz and Memory83
A Book Sealed with Seven Seals: Edith Stein103
The Smile of Accomplishment: Sylvia Plath's Ambition129
The Invention of Autobiography: Augustine's Confessions166
Reviewing Anne Frank184
The Need to Say It195
Other People's Secrets208
Acknowledgments231

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I Could Tell You Stories 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the hint of a gorgues, lusty, book in the first chapter the writing takes a severe down turn. Stuffed to the binding with the overuse of words and repetive reliance on other author's work this book is nothing more than a pitful excuse for a memior it is more suited to be used as a text book. Hampl dives too far into the effect of writing on the American whole and on her life too fast even before we care about who she is as a person. She makes the ultimate sin in that she tells and does not show leaving you craving something more --or throwing the book down in disgust. The very first story leads you into a world of forbiden love and dreams dared to be dreamt, but after that it is as if you have been thrown off a cliff into a murky ocean of rants about Whitman and birth control.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books was boring and the author seemed to ramble on about the same thing over and over again making it a book that puts you to sleep.