The Light of the World

The Light of the World

by Elizabeth Alexander


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455599875
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 534,668
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has recently been appointed President of the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation, the nation's largest funder in the arts and humanities. She composed and recited "Praise Song for the Day" for President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. She is the author of six books of poetry—including American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—and is the first winner of the Jackson Prize for Poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellow. She was the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University for 15 years and chaired the African American Studies Department.

Table of Contents

I "Last Night On Earth" 1

II Honeycomb 45

III "The Edges of Me in the Hands of My Wife" 83

IV Ghost of All Bookstores 123

V The Plum Blossom 167

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The Light of the World: A Memoir 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MowgliEHEH More than 1 year ago
The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander is a gem and a reflection on love. I was so drawn into her description of food, art, music, reading, singing, conversation, dancing, and poetry being intertwined with the acts of living and of loving. A quick read with profound importance. I so enjoyed the sprinkling of poetry and recipes, alongside this poet’s style of narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the most beautifully crafted blend of poetry and prose, happiness and sadness, and life and death that I have ever experienced. It is an incredible book about love and loss, and I recommend that everyone reads it.
Yolee580 More than 1 year ago
In this mean old world, all of us need to be reminded what love really looks like! What a wonderful read! This book feels like the warmth of your favorite throw. Elizabeth Alexander is truly a gifted writer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched me in so many ways. Elizbeth Alexander's prose relating her beloved's death was heartwrenching.Anyone who has lost a loved one will relate and be a better person for it.
WendkosOlds More than 1 year ago
A beautiful meditation on a man, a woman, a marriage, a family -- love and loss. By the time you finish the book you know these people intimately and love them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful memory of a life well lived. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an intimate look into the lives of a family before and after the light of the author's world, her wonderful husband dies too young, unexpectedly. She writes so well that you come to feel that you know and begin to love this man you've never met! I was sad for her loss, but felt lifted up somehow, getting to know this special family. READ THIS BOOK YOU WON'T BE SORRY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So frustrating to see that 2 people who gave one star had nothing to do with the book, which then reduces the rating for this book. There used to be a place where I would report reviews that were inappropriate and had nothing to do with the content. Please delete those 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago