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The black veil : a memoir with digressions

Author: Rick Moody
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author weaves together past and present and family legend as he shares his personal story of dealing with depression, and his search through his family's paternal lines to find clues to his melancholy.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rick Moody; Joseph Moody; Rick Moody; Rick Moody; Joseph Moody; Rick Moody
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Moody
ISBN: 0316578991 9780316578998
OCLC Number: 49677008
Description: viii, 323 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Children, with bright faces, tript merrily beside their parents, or mimicked a graver gait --
The old people of the village came stooping along the street --
The topic, it might be supposed, was obvious enough --
Customers came in, as the forenoon advanced, but rather slowly --
Stooping somewhat and looking on the ground, as is customary with abstracted men --
The deep pause of flagging spirits, that always follows mirth and wine --
In his case, however, the symbol had a different import --
It takes off its face like a mask, and shows the grinning bare skeleton underneath --
Mr. Hooper, face to face with his congregation, except for the black veil --
If I had ever once been happy, methinks I could contentedly be shot to-day --
If it be a sign of mourning, I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough --
What is this world good for now that we can never be jolly anymore --
I have suffered woefully from low spirits for some time past --
Every work, by an artist of celebrity, is hidden behind a veil --
Had her eyes provoked, or assented to this deed? She had not known it. But, alas! --
A veil may sometimes be needful, but never a masque --
There being a heavy rain yesterday, a nest of swallows was washed down the chimney --
Hither coasters &c. and fishing smacks run in, when a storm is anticipated --
So far as I am a man of really individual traits, I veil my face --
"The Minister's Black Veil" / Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Responsibility: by Rick Moody.

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The author weaves together past and present and family legend as he shares his personal story of dealing with depression, and his search through his family's paternal lines to find clues to his melancholy.

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