Art of Growing Older Writers on Living and Aging

ISBN-10: 0226065499
ISBN-13: 9780226065496
Edition: N/A
Authors: Wayne C. Booth
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Description: Wayne Booth has selected, and has been inspired by, the works by some of our greatest writers on the art of growing older. In this widely praised anthology he shows that the very making of art is in itself a victory over time. "Culled chiefly  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Wayne Booth has selected, and has been inspired by, the works by some of our greatest writers on the art of growing older. In this widely praised anthology he shows that the very making of art is in itself a victory over time. "Culled chiefly from great literary works, this unusual compendium of prose and poetry . . . highlights the physical and emotional aspects of aging. . . . The thoughtful commentary with which Booth connects the selections reminds readers that physical decay and fear of death are conditions common to us all. . . . Provocative."—Publishers Weekly "His blending of literature, humor, and crotchetiness will capture the interest of readers of all ages."—Booklist "Funny . . . profound. . . . It is hard to resist the closing chapters, which celebrate the freedom from constraint and ambition, the permission to be crotchety, the joy of memory and perspective that come with age."—William March, Tampa Tribune "Booth puts a new spin on the worries many of us have about what's catching up with us. . . . Booth's book . . . [is] for both the younger readers and those of us who are nervously counting birthdays."—Sacramento Bee

Introduction
Feeling Older From
Essays Montaigne "Death be not proud"
"Timor mortis conturbat me" Anonymous From
A Margin of Hope Irving Howe From "The Tower"
From "Sailing to Byzantium"
"Lines Written on the Eve of a Birthday"
From Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift From
From As You Like It William Shakespeare From "Sonnet on Turning Twenty-three"
From "On Being Twenty-six" Philip Larkin
From "On This Day I Complete My Thirty-sixth Year"
Lord Byron FromOn Old Age Cicero From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" Robert Browning Letter to Malcolm
From The View from 80 Malcolm Cowley
"This is what human beauty comes to"
From Satire
From Epistolae morales Seneca
From The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
"The problem, unstated till now, is how"
Adrienne Rich "It's true, these last few years I've lived"
Adrienne Rich "One Art" Elizabeth Bishop
From Self-Consciousness
A Memoir John Updike From "The Vanity of Human Wishes"
"Dear Charles, My Muse, asleep or dead"
Philip Larkin From "St Mark's Rest"
John Ruskin "Yes I write verses now and then"
Walter Savage Landor From "Used: The Mind-Body Problem"
Kelly Cherry "As I Sit Writing Here"
Walt Whitman "Queries to My Seventieth Year"
Walt Whitman Letter to Malcolm
"It Is Time" Laurence Lerner
"Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hogg"
From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
"The Old Familiar Faces" Charles Lamb Letter to Malcolm
From "A Toccata of Galuppi's"
Robert Browning From "Faithful Wilson"
"The Face in the Mirror"
"I Look into My Glass"
"Growing Old"
From "Girl from Samos"
Menander "O sovereign my Lord! Oldness has come"
Ptah Hotep "For when thou art angry all our days are gone"
From The Book of Common Prayer
From The Diary of Alice James Alice James
"He who has lived sixty years"
Egyptian Papyrus Letter to W. Morton Fullerton Henry James
"My Picture Left in Scotland"
Ben Jonson
From Paradise Lost John Milton "Song" Christina Rossetti
"Old Age" Buland Al-Haydari
"What, then, is life if love the golden is gone?"
Mimnermus Chorus, from Herakles Euripides
From Oedipus at Colonus Sophocles "Jogger"

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