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The Resource The violet hour : great writers at the end, Katie Roiphe

The violet hour : great writers at the end, Katie Roiphe

Label
The violet hour : great writers at the end
Title
The violet hour
Title remainder
great writers at the end
Statement of responsibility
Katie Roiphe
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, Katie Roiphe takes an unexpected and liberating approach to the most unavoidable of subjects. She investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers and artists as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death. Roiphe draws on her own extraordinary research and access to the family, friends and caretakers of her subjects. Here is Susan Sontag, the consummate public intellectual, who finds her commitment to rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Roiphe takes us to the hospital room where, after receiving the worst possible diagnosis, seventy-six-year-old John Updike begins writing a poem. She vividly re-creates the fortnight of almost suicidal excess that culminated in Dylan Thomas's fatal collapse on the floor of a Greenwich Village tavern. She gives us a bracing portrait of Sigmund Freud fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna only to continue in his London exile the compulsive cigar smoking that he knows will hasten his decline. She shows us how Maurice Sendak's beloved books for children are infused with his lifelong obsession with death, if you know where to look. And from James Salter she learns that 'we make our own comfort.' The Violet Hour is a book filled with intimate and surprising revelations. In the final acts of each of these creative geniuses are examples of courage, passion, self-delusion, pointless suffering and superb devotion. There are also moments of sublime insight and understanding where the mind creates its own comfort. As the author writes, 'If it's nearly impossible to capture the approach of death in words, who would have the most hope of doing it?' By bringing these great writers' final days to urgent, unsentimental life, Katie Roiphe helps us to look boldly in the face of death and be less afraid
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Roiphe, Katie
Dewey number
155.937
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Authors
  • Authors
  • Artists
  • Artists
  • Death
Target audience
adult
Label
The violet hour : great writers at the end, Katie Roiphe
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Susan Sontag -- Sigmund Freud -- John Updike -- Dylan Thomas -- Maurice Sendak
Control code
000057210254
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780349008516
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)932262812
Label
The violet hour : great writers at the end, Katie Roiphe
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Susan Sontag -- Sigmund Freud -- John Updike -- Dylan Thomas -- Maurice Sendak
Control code
000057210254
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780349008516
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)932262812

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