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"Suicide," writes the notes English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate work are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own suicide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launches his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, and traces changing attitudes towards suicide from the perspective of literature. He follows the black thread leading from Dante through Donne and the romantic agony, to the Savage God at the heart of modern literature.
Title: The Savage God: A Study of Suicide
Edition: (1st thus)
Publisher: NY, W W NORTON & CO INC: 1990
ISBN Number: 0393306577
ISBN Number 13: 9780393306576
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: VERY GOOD+
lb: 2.10 lb
Seller ID: 22T005
Description: "As new except for crease on corner of front cover and 4 pages with folded corner. ""the first study to attempt the historical, literary, philosophical dimensions of the mystery of suicide…ambitious, exhaustive exploration into the nature of the self-destructive element in man...begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath..."" 320 indexed, annotated pages."
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