Literature and Aging An Anthology

ISBN-10: 0873384660

ISBN-13: 9780873384667

Edition: 1992

Authors: Martin K�hn, Carol Donley, Delese Wear, Elizabeth Layton

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Some of the world's greatest literature is devoted to expressing the joys and sorrows humans experience as they grow old. New opportunities and challenges appear: retirement, a special closeness with the family, failing health, the recognition of personal mortality, prejudice against the elderly, and grief over the losses of loved ones and places. This collection of more than 60 short stories, poems, and plays addresses these issues primarily through the works of modern American writers, including Bernard Malamud, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Edward Albee, Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, William Carlos Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. The selections represent the experience of aging from the perspective of persons of diverse color, ethnicity, and background, and are complemented by illustrator Elizabeth Layton's wry and perceptive prints.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 11/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Editors' Statements
Aging and Identity
Monet Refuses the Operation
Next Day
A Worn Path
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
The Workhouse Ward
The Space Crone
Mr. Flood's Party
An Old Man's Winter Night
Provide, Provide
A Woman Alone
Virginia Portrait
Miss Rosie
A Lady
On A Winter Night
How to be Old
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Aging and Love
The Pleasures of Old Age
Now, Before the End, I Think
The Bean Eaters
Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
from Asphodel, That Greeny Flower
We Are Nighttime Travelers
Grandma's Got a Wig
In Retirement
The Linden Tree
Aging and the Family
Tell Me A Riddle
Everything That Rises Must Converge
The Jewbird
Maggie of the Green Bottles
from The Joy Luck Club
Grandfather in the Old Men's Home
My Father-in-Law's Contract
Grandmother and Grandson
A Conversation with My Father
The Sandbox
The 90th Year
The Stroke
Grandmother's Stroke
Appropriate Affect
Aging and the Community
from Emperor of the Air
The Very Old
Near the Old People's Home
He Makes a House Call
Ancient Gentility
To Hell with Dying
A Visit of Charity
Dillinger in Hollywood
Idiots First
What You Hear From 'Em?
Old Doc Rivers
Leaving the Yellow House
The Black and White
About the Authors
Permissions Acknowledgments
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