Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

Paperback | April 5, 2005

byRobin Robertson

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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts -- carefully worked and honed into art over the years -- being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. These seventy contributions prove it is possible to reverse Auden's dictum: that art is born out of humiliation.

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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts -- carefully worked an...

Robin Robertson is a respected editor and poet. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, A Painted Field and Slow Air.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 5, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060750928

ISBN - 13:9780060750923

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“Full of the most achingly funny, endearing accounts of total humiliation.”