New Ways To Kill Your Mother

New Ways To Kill Your Mother

Writers & Their Families

Book - 2012
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In this fascinating, informative, and entertaining collection, internationally acclaimed, award-winning author Colm T#65533;ib#65533;n turns his attention to the intricacies of family relationships in literature and writing.
In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, Colm T#65533;ib#65533;n illuminates not only the intimate connections between writers and their families but also, with wit and rare tenderness, articulates the great joy of reading their work. In the piece on the Notebooks of Tennessee Williams , T#65533;ib#65533;n reveals an artist "alone and deeply fearful and unusually selfish" and one profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, or Thomas Mann and his children, or J.M. Synge and his mother, T#65533;ib#65533;n examines a world of family relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents we see an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever's journals T#65533;ib#65533;n makes flesh this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children.The majority of these pieces were previously published in the Londron Review of Books , the New York Review Review of Books , and the Dublin Review . Three of the thirteen pieces have never appeared before.
Publisher: Toronto : Emblem, 2012.
ISBN: 9780771084379


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Aug 05, 2017

As an English major in university (back in the day), I still like to read analyses of writers and writing. This excellent collection includes commentary about several writers I like and others I didn't know. Outstanding book for people interested in literary studies and how family can figure into fiction.

May 24, 2017

Interesting, well researched, excellently written essays of families, the role or lack of presence of mothers in the life of well known writers. A good bibliography gives you the sources for further reading.

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