Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

by Robin Robertson
     
 

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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts — carefully worked and honed into art over the

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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts — carefully worked and honed into art over the years — being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. These seventy contributions prove it is possible to reverse Auden's dictum: that art is born out of humiliation.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
“Robertson keeps the atmosphere light throughout, tagging delightful epigraphs onto every reminiscence.”
Sunday Times (London)
“Entertaining reading. This is a jolly romp and will make a good stocking-filler for any authors of your acquaintance.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Full of the most achingly funny, endearing accounts of total humiliation.”
Literary Review
“As simple as Schott’s Original Miscellany and equally effective.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060750923
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
781,904
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. He has published five collections of poetry and received a number of accolades, including the Petrarca-Preis, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Forward Prize in each category. Apart from his translations of Euripides, he has also edited a collection of essays, Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame, and, in 2006, he published The Deleted World, a selection of free English versions of poems by the Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer.

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