In the Midst of Winter: Selections from the Literature of Mourning

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Death silences not only those it takes, but those it leaves behind: All too typically we can neither express our grief nor express sympathy for the bereaved. In his sensitive collection, toss finds a voice — or several voices — in the poetry, fiction, letters, and diaries of the world's great writers. Here are James Agee, recording the shock of his father's death; William Shakespeare, making poetry of Cleopatra's grief; the Biblical wisdom of The Book of Lamentations"; the psychological acuity of Marcel Proust. ...

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Overview

Death silences not only those it takes, but those it leaves behind: All too typically we can neither express our grief nor express sympathy for the bereaved. In his sensitive collection, toss finds a voice — or several voices — in the poetry, fiction, letters, and diaries of the world's great writers. Here are James Agee, recording the shock of his father's death; William Shakespeare, making poetry of Cleopatra's grief; the Biblical wisdom of The Book of Lamentations"; the psychological acuity of Marcel Proust. Here are mourners from classical Rome to eleventh-century China, from the Paiute Indians to present-day Ireland. Arranged in sections that correspond to the stages of mourning, In the Midst of Winter is a collection whose breadth and resonance make it invaluable and utterly unique.

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"It is hard to have patience with people who say, There is no death or Death doesn't matter. There is death. And whatever is matters."

— C.S. Lewis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679738275
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: Vintage books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 580,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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