Light While There is Light

Light While There is Light : An American History

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One of the unheralded masterpieces of twentieth-century American fiction, Light While There Is Light is acclaimed poet Keith Waldrop s autobiographical novel about the myriad ghosts left behind by his family. Born to a deeply religious mother, the narrator and his siblings are led across the US as she searches for the right religious sect a trip that ends with her speaking in tongues, and finally her total isolation. But no synopsis can do justice to the beauty of Keith Waldrop s measured, wise, and unembroidered prose, illuminating the fear, madness, and destruction within hearth and home though never repudiating his love for same. In a tradition that stretches back through Flannery O Connor and William Faulkner to Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, Keith Waldrop and Light While There Is Light are American treasures."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 16mm | 454g
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1564788059
  • 9781564788054
  • 1,036,048

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"Waldrop's brilliance of wit and device, the serenity of judgement, the articulation of research and reflection . . . all these delight, and convince anew that poetry is a vast, holistic science, a science of sciences, from which an adept like Waldrop brings results we've never heard before." --Robert Kelly
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