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The Shutter of Snow
     

The Shutter of Snow

by Emily Holmes Coleman, Coleman Emily Holmes, Holmes Coleman E
 

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In a prose form as startling as its content,  "The Shutter of Snow" portrays the post-partum psychosis of Marthe Gail, who after giving birth to her son, is committed to an insane asylum. Believing herself to be God, she maneuvers through an institutional world that is both sad and terrifying, echoing the worlds of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's

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In a prose form as startling as its content,  "The Shutter of Snow" portrays the post-partum psychosis of Marthe Gail, who after giving birth to her son, is committed to an insane asylum. Believing herself to be God, she maneuvers through an institutional world that is both sad and terrifying, echoing the worlds of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Snake Pit."

Based upon the author's own experience after the birth of her son in 1924, "The Shutter of Snow" retains all the energy it had when first published in 1930.

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"Coleman's lyrical rendering of her... treatment for post-partum psychosis... fresh and immediate and, at the same time, historically revealing." --Publishers Weekly

Dalkey Archive Press

"An extraordinary, visionary book, written out of those edges where madness and poetry meet." --Fay Weldon

Dalkey Archive Press

"The book is no less graphic than it is authentic, an extremely rare achievement in the 'firsthand' document school of letters, for usually we have drama at the expense of truth, or bald facts that unwittingly falsify the picture. The Shutter of Snow is a profoundly moving book, supplying as it does a glimpse of what a temporary derangement and its consequences may mean to the sufferer." --The Nation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781475
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
245
Sales rank:
1,071,712
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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