How Literature Saved My LifeHow Literature Saved My Life



The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed ...

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307961532

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“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Renata Adler’s Speedboat to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his “ridiculous” ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un-lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants “literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn’t lie about this––which is what makes it essential.” A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.

Books that Saved My LifeBooks that Saved My Life



A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books, now available in a smaller, competitively priced format.

Author: Michael McGirr

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781925774054

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A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books, now available in a smaller, competitively priced format.

Shakespeare Saved My LifeShakespeare Saved My Life



What reviewers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life "You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book.

Author: Laura Bates

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402273155

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"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."—Shelf Awareness A female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. What reviewers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life "You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. "Shakespeare Saved My Life" also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others"—Finger Lake Times "Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."—Shelf Awareness "Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective ... brave, groundbreaking work"—Publishers Weekly "An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon."—Kirkus "A powerful testament to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances."—Booklist

Reality HungerReality Hunger



Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past and present, to reframe debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the novel.

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307593238

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A landmark book, “brilliant, thoughtful” (The Atlantic) and “raw and gorgeous” (LA Times), that fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time, from the bestselling author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past and present, to reframe debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the novel. He argues that our culture is obsessed with “reality,” precisely because we experience hardly any, and urgently calls for new forms that embody and convey the fractured nature of contemporary experience.

Enough about YouEnough about You



Enough About You is a book about David Shields.

Author: David Shields

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781458781116

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Enough About You is a book about David Shields. But it is also a terrifically engrossing exploration and exploitation of self-reflection, self-absorption, full-blown narcissism, and the impulse to write about oneself. In a world awash with memoirs and tell-alls, Shields has created something unique; he invites the reader into his mind as he turns his life into a narrative. With moving and often hilarious candor, Shields explores the connections between fiction and nonfiction, stuttering and writing, literary forms and literary contents, art and life; he confronts bad reviews of his earlier books; he examines why he read a college girlfriend's journal; he raids a wide range of cultural figures (from Rousseau, Nabokov, and Salinger to Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, and Bobby Knight) for what they have to tell him about himself; he quotes a speech he wrote on the occasion of his father's ninetieth birthday and then gives us the guilt-induced dream he had when he failed to deliver the speech; he also writes about basketball and sexuality and Los Angeles and Seattle, but he is always meditating on the origins of his interest in autobiography, on the limits and appeals of autobiography, on the traps and strategies of it, and finally, how to use it to get to the world.

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You ll Be DeadThe Thing About Life Is That One Day You ll Be Dead



Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141049496

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Page: 256

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Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being. Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers � from Lucretius to Woody Allen � Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality.

The Chicago Theological Seminary RegisterThe Chicago Theological Seminary Register



I think that we can work outside , certainly we do this all of the time at Third World
Press , sending books all over the ... Literature saved my life , because
essentially in literature I found that there is a much larger world than myself , a
much ...

Author: Chicago Theological Seminary

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105110566861

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Alumni directory issue, 1859-1951: v. 44, no. 4/v. 45, no. 1.

Anthology of American Literature Colonial through romanticAnthology of American Literature Colonial through romantic



True , true , ” cried Captain Delano , starting , “ you have saved my life , Don
Benito , more than I yours ; saved it , too , against my knowledge and will . " “ Nay
, my friend , ” rejoined the Spaniard , courteous even to the point of religion , “
God ...

Author: George L. McMichael

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ISBN: 0130838144

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For courses in American Literary Survey. This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. Volume I covers Christopher Columbus through Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

The War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My Life



A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780803740815

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A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Simultaneous eBook.

Chinese LiteratureChinese Literature



My stepmother lives in the rear courtyard , but she doesn ' t usually come here .
You just stay here and recuperate . " Knowing it ... You ' ve saved my life , and I
can ' t let my saviour leave me ! ” Liu Lang took the medicine in one draught , and
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Literature Across CulturesLiterature Across Cultures



It will lighten the weight on my heart to tell your wickedness , and it will hurt you to
hear it . I shall begin my tale at the very beginning . I saved your life , as all know
who embarked with you on the Argo , when you were sent to master with the ...

Author: Sheena Gillespie

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: PSU:000045396649

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With classic and contemporary selections by authors from a wide range of racial and ethnic groups, "Literature Across Cultures, 5/e" introduces the reader to important literary works and helps readers explore critical themes of our times, such as gender and identity, the effects of war and violence, and many more. The 5th edition focuses on the political, social, and multicultural aspects of literary debates related to the dialectics of roots and rebellions, self and society, gender and identity, the causes and effects of war and violence as well as issues of class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. These features have brilliantly distinguished this volume from other thematic volumes. "Literature Across Cultures, 5/e "Includes both classical and contemporary writers from diverse ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

Literature of the Western World Neoclassicism through the modern periodLiterature of the Western World Neoclassicism through the modern period



Ten months later I was born , a weak and ailing child ; I cost my mother her life ,
and my birth was the first of my misfortunes . ... One of my father's sisters , an
amiable and virtuous young woman , took such care of me that she saved my life
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Author: Brian Wilkie

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company

ISBN: 0024278106

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Literature of the ancient world through the Renaissance.