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Companionship in grief : love and loss in the memoirs of C.S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion, and Calvin Trillin

Author: Jeffrey Berman
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2010.
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"In Companionship in Grief, Jeffrey Berman focuses on the most life-changing event for many people--the death of a spouse. Some of the most acclaimed memoirs of the past fifty years offer insights into this profound loss: C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed; John Bayley's three memoirs about Iris Murdoch, including Elegy for Iris; Donald Hall's The Best Day the Worst Day; Joan Didion's best-selling. The Year of Magical  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Berman
ISBN: 9781558498044 1558498044 9781558498037 1558498036
OCLC Number: 475454140
Description: ix, 284 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "The lost other is an ongoing part of our existence" --
C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman : "Never have I loved her more than since she was struck down" --
John Bayley and Irish Murdoch : "In widowhood you lose not only your loved one but much of yourself" --
Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon : "Art is created against death" --
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne : "Life changes in the instant" --
Calvin Trillin and Alice Stewart Trillin : "I wrote everything for Alice" --
"It is possible to be bereft and not bereft simultaneously."
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Focuses on what is a life-changing event for many people--the death of a spouse. Using some of the most acclaimed memoirs of the past fifty years (CS Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion and  Read more...

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