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Pulitzer Prize winner Dillard (Piligrim at Tinker Creek), a writer of acute and singular observation, gathers poems, short stories, essays and chapters of novels from her diverse body of work. While most of these selections have been previously published, included is a reworked version of the short story "The Living," first published in 1978 in Harper's and from which the characters in the novel of the same title were drawn. There's also a new version of Holy the Firm, Dillard's meditation on and explanation of her search for God in everyday life. This sort of sampler approach works well for a writer whose prose-fiction and non-fiction-often reads like a journal; it also suits readers who like to browse. Dillard moves easily from the specific and physical to the theoretical and metaphysical, blending thought-provoking generalizations with images and descriptions of visceral sensuality. Sure to appeal to Dillard devotees, this collection serves admirably as an introduction to the uninitiated.
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While true Dillard aficionados will have read her nine books, including the unexpected novel, The Living, others may just have read, and treasured, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, or may always have wondered what Dillard is all about. This selection of writings, chosen by Dillard herself, provides a perfect sampling of her incisive, versatile, and impeccable achievements. Dillard chose to include a generous number of chapters from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood, the contemplative Holy the Firm in its entirety, and a group of essays from Teaching a Stone to Talk. Her 1992 novel was based on a short story, "The Living," published in 1978. Now it's published here in yet a third incarnation, as a new and "changed" short story. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A friend, whose taste I trust, told me how much he enjoyed Tinker Creek by this writer. Since I had absolutely no idea about Annie Dillard, I thought this collection would make a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David (design matters) Robbins
Will be using this book for a Lit. class I'm taking. It is as described. Since I will be doing an analytical paper I'm sure it will be well used.Published 20 months ago by Carolyn Gall
I am a big fan of Phillip Yancey's writings and he mentioned Annie Dillard's influence on his writings and I wanted to read something of hers myself. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Robert DeSmidt