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New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families
 
 
Author
Colm Toibin.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.7 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781451668551
Pages/Publication Date 346/2012
Daedalus Item Code 31741
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From Jane Austen's aunts to Tennessee Williams's mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature's greatest works, and in this brilliant, nuanced collection of essays, novelist and critic Colm Tóibín searches the literature for such intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J.M. Synge and his mother, Tóibín examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications.

"Mr. Tóibín is such an adept and morally serious close reader that his criticism becomes nearly as galvanizing as his fiction. There really aren't, it turns out, any new ways to kill your mother, at least not artistically. But all the old ways, in Mr. Tóibín's telling, still work rather beautifully."—NYTimes

"A typical Tóibín essay describes the arc of a writer's development and life, and uses the writer's own words to draw graceful conclusions about his temperament and biography.... Tóibín's skill at glossing the lives of great writers is on display in his latest essay collection."—Bookforum

 
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