In Brief: Short Takes In The Personal by Judith KitchenIn Brief: Short Takes In The Personal by Judith Kitchen

In Brief: Short Takes In The Personal

byJudith Kitchen, Mary Paumier JonesEditorJudith Kitchen

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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In their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term "short" for those creative nonfiction pieces — literary rather than informational, and characteristically short — that are attracting our finest writers. Now, with a more introspective focus, this new collection emphasizes the personal as "a way of seeing the world, of expressing an interior life. It is intimate without being maudlin, it is private without being secret." From Harriet Doerr's recollection of a halcyon time to Josephine Jacobsen's reverie on memory, In Brief offers vivid glimpses into the ways experience can be shaped in language that is fresh and inventive. The seventy-two authors here include the known — John McPhee, Cythia Ozick, James Salter — as well as remarkable new writers. Essays (all under 2000 words) range from Frank McCourt's search for his father in the pubs of Limerick to William Maxwell's thoughts about growing old; from Charles Baxter's early experience of reading to Brady Udall's confession as a liar. Patricia Hampl recalls meals at her grandmother's house, while Jane Brox contemplates the meaning of bread. In each piece, imagination becomes a way to explore reality. The real world we are fortunate enough to live in is revealed as endlessly rich and deep.
Mary Paumier Jones lives in Rochester.  Jones, who teaches creative nonfiction, has a degree in library science.Writer and educator Judith Kitchen (1941–2014) was the cofounder of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
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Title:In Brief: Short Takes In The PersonalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393319075

ISBN - 13:9780393319071

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From the editors at Norton who first brought you short fiction in anthology form comes this terrific little collection for literary buffs. In Brief is an addictive selection of succinct works dealing with affairs of the heart, finding fame, snatching a few minutes to write and dozens of other themes. Compact but varied, In Brief includes short fiction by Ariel Dorfman and Frank McCourt, John McPhee and Cynthia Ozick and 69 other lively contributors.