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Tell Me True Memoir, History, and Writing a Life

ISBN-10: 0873518152
ISBN-13: 9780873518154
Edition: 2011
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Description: In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 1/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with history and where the necessities of narrative collide with mundane facts. and whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory, these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story-while also telling us true. #x1C;reading each of these superb and provocative essays, readers understand history in the memoir and memoir in the history. What all the writers recognize is that they and their disciplines all deal with the vagaries of memory and how humans construct meaning in the present through memory, however expressed. a superb book. Highly recommended.#x1D; -Choice Patricia Hampl is the author of three memoirs, including most recently The Florist#x19;s Daughter, as well as other books of literary nonfiction and poetry. Elaine Tyler May has written several books on twentieth-century American history. Both are regents professors at the University of Minnesota. Contributors: Andr#xE9; Aciman, Matt Becker, June Cross, Carlos Eire, Helen Epstein, Samuel G. Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Fenton Johnson, Alice Kaplan, Annette Kobak, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Elaine Tyler May, Cheri Register, D. J. Waldie.

A regular contributor to the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and The New Republic, Andre Aciman was born in Alexandria: raised in Egypt, Italy, and France; and educated at Harvard. He teaches literature at Bard College and lives in Manhattan.

June Crossis a journalist and an award-winning television producer whose numerous projects include This Far by Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys. She is currently an associate professor of journalism at Columbia University.

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