I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory (Paperback)

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Memoir has become the signature genre of our age.

In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her. Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her family's response to her writing, the ethics of writing about family and friends, St. Augustine's Confessions, reflections on reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War, and an early experience reviewing Sylvia Plath. The word that unites the impulse within all the pieces is "Remember!"—a command that can be startling. For to remember is to make a pledge: to the indelible experience of personal perception, and to history itself.

About the Author

Patricia Hampl, Regents' Professor at the University of Minnesota, lives in St. Paul.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393320312
ISBN-10: 0393320316
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 17th, 2000
Pages: 234
Language: English