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Mortification : Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts -- carefully worked and honed into art over the years -- being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. These seventy contributions prove it is possible to reverse Auden's dictum: that art is born out of humiliation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.5 x 203.2 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060750928
  • 9780060750923
  • 2,178,717

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"As simple as Schott's Original Miscellany and equally effective."--Literary Review
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180 ratings
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4 27% (48)
3 41% (73)
2 19% (35)
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