I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory by Patricia HamplI Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory by Patricia Hampl

I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory

byPatricia Hampl

Paperback | August 24, 2000

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Memoir has become the signature genre of our age. In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her.

Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her family's response to her writing, the ethics of writing about family and friends, St. Augustine's Confessions, reflections on reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War, and an early experience reviewing Sylvia Hath. The word that unites the impulse within all the pieces is "Rememberl" -- a command that can be startling. For to remember is to make a pledge: to the indelible experience of personal perception, and to history itself.

Title:I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:August 24, 2000Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393320316

ISBN - 13:9780393320312

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In her stunning memoir, Patricia Hampl turns her pen on her family – how they feel about her writing and the ethics of writing about family and friends. She also waxes poetic on an early experience reviewing Sylvia Path, and reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War. I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory emphasizes the word, theme, and command of remembering and demands that readers make use of it.