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The Resource Dying in character : memoirs on the end of life, Jeffrey Berman

Dying in character : memoirs on the end of life, Jeffrey Berman

Label
Dying in character : memoirs on the end of life
Title
Dying in character
Title remainder
memoirs on the end of life
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Berman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the past twenty years, an increasing number of authors have written memoirs focusing on the last stage of their lives: Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, for example, in The Wheel of Life, Harold Brodkey in This Wild Darkness, Edward Said in Out of Place, and Tony Judt in The Memory Chalet. In these and other end-of-life memoirs, writers not only confront their own mortality but in most cases struggle to "die in character"--that is, to affirm the values, beliefs, and goals that have characterized their lives. Examining the works cited above, as well as memoirs by Mitch Albom, Roland Barthes, Jean-Dominique Bauby, Art Buchwald, Randy Pausch, David Rieff, Philip Roth, and Morrie Schwartz, Jeffrey Berman's analysis of this growing genre yields some surprising insights. While the authors have much to say about the loneliness and pain of dying, many also convey joy, fulfillment, and gratitude. Harold Brodkey is willing to die as long as his writings survive. Art Buchwald and Randy Pausch both use the word fun to describe their dying experiences. Dying was not fun for Morrie Schwartz and Tony Judt, but they reveal courage, satisfaction, and fearlessness during the final stage of their lives, when they are nearly paralyzed by their illnesses. It is hard to imagine that these writers could feel so upbeat in their situations, but their memoirs are authentically affirmative. They see death coming, yet they remain stalwart and focused on their writing. Berman concludes that the contemporary end-of-life memoir can thus be understood as a new form of death ritual, "a secular example of the long tradition of ars moriendi, the art of dying.""--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
810.9/3548
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS366.A88
LC item number
B45 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Dying in character : memoirs on the end of life, Jeffrey Berman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1416869
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 319 pages
Isbn
9781558499652
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012030821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1416869
  • (Sirsi) 1416869
  • (OCoLC)794709417
Label
Dying in character : memoirs on the end of life, Jeffrey Berman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1416869
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 319 pages
Isbn
9781558499652
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012030821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1416869
  • (Sirsi) 1416869
  • (OCoLC)794709417

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