Light While There Is Light: An American History (Paperback)

By Keith Waldrop, Jaimy Gordon (Introduction by)
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This autobiographical novel is held together by a family's complicated love and the ghosts that haunt them. Although the stories that Waldrop tells plague and bin many American families, this story is distinctly his, and is told with compassion and authenticity that only someone who has lived through it could render. Ultimately, it's a story about where we turn when faced with the threat of waking up one morning to emptiness: to family, to faith, and to words. Highly recommended.

— Molly

Description


One of the unheralded masterpieces of twentieth-century American fiction, "Light While There Is Light" is acclaimed poet Keith Waldrop's autobiographical novel about the myriad ghosts left behind by his family. Born to a deeply religious mother, the narrator and his siblings are led across the US as she searches for the "right" religious sect -- a trip that ends with her speaking in tongues, and finally her total isolation. But no synopsis can do justice to the beauty of Keith Waldrop's measured, wise, and unembroidered prose, illuminating the fear, madness, and destruction within hearth and home -- though never repudiating his love for same. In a tradition that stretches back through Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner to Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, Keith Waldrop and "Light While There Is Light" are American treasures.

About the Author


Keith Waldrop, Brooke Russell Astor Professor of Humanities at Brown University, has published more than a dozen works each of original poetry and translations. His first book, "A Windmill Near Calvary, " was shortlisted for the 1968 National Book Award. Recent books include "The Real Subject: Queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon, with Sample Poems, The House Seen from Nowhere, " and a translation of "The Flowers of Evil "by Charles Baudelaire.

Keith Waldrop, Brooke Russell Astor Professor of Humanities at Brown University, has published more than a dozen works each of original poetry and translations. His first book, A Windmill Near Calvary, was shortlisted for the 1968 National Book Award. Other books include The Real Subject: Queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon, with Sample Poems, The House Seen from Nowhere, and a translation of The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564788054
ISBN-10: 1564788059
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 201
Language: English