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Breathless : an asthma journal

Author: Louise A DeSalvo
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this intensely personal account of her adult-onset asthma, acclaimed literary biographer and memoirist Louise DeSalvo explores asthma as both an illness and a response to abuse in our modern age, from environmental crisis to childhood trauma. DeSalvo looks for clues in moments of breathlessness from her own family past: the early sexual abuse that left her gasping in fear, her sister's suicide by hanging. She
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Louise A DeSalvo; Louise A DeSalvo
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise A DeSalvo
ISBN: 0807070963 9780807070963
OCLC Number: 35701248
Description: 153 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Louise DeSalvo.

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In this intensely personal account of her adult-onset asthma, acclaimed literary biographer and memoirist Louise DeSalvo explores asthma as both an illness and a response to abuse in our modern age, from environmental crisis to childhood trauma. DeSalvo looks for clues in moments of breathlessness from her own family past: the early sexual abuse that left her gasping in fear, her sister's suicide by hanging. She looks too at the lives of asthmatic writers - Proust, of.

Course, but also Elizabeth Bishop, Olive Schreiner, Michael Ryan, and John Updike - always "in search of images of breathlessness" and asthma's effects on self-image and artistic creation.

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