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A Carnival Of Losses

A Carnival Of Losses

Notes Nearing Ninety Donald Hall. $ 25.00 HIGHER IN CANADA NEW ESSAYS FROM THE VANTAGE POINT OF VERY OLD AGE, ONCE AGAIN “ALTERNATELY LYRICAL AND LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY,”* FROM THE FORMER POET LAUREATE OF THE UNITED STATES “Why should a ...

Author: Donald Hall

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9781328826312

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s final collection of essays, from the vantage point of very old age, once again “alternately lyrical and laugh-out-loud funny.”* *(New York Times) “Why should a nonagenarian hold anything back?” Donald Hall answers his own question in these self-knowing, fierce, and funny essays on aging, the pleasures of solitude, and the sometimes astonishing freedoms arising from both. Nearing ninety at the time of writing, he intersperses memories of exuberant days in his youth, with uncensored tales of literary friendships spanning decades—with James Wright, Richard Wilbur, Seamus Heaney, and other luminaries. Cementing his place alongside Roger Angell and Joan Didion as a generous and profound chronicler of loss, this final work is as original and searing as anything Hall wrote during his extraordinary literary lifetime.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Murder Your Darlings

Murder Your Darlings

A final book, A Carnival of Losses, was published in 2018 just weeks after his death at the age of eighty-nine. ... I enter my 90th year, with a new book coming in July: A Carnival of Losses, Notes Nearing Ninety.

Author: Roy Peter Clark

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316481861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 275

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From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White. With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Stephen King would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics -- Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself? Thankfully, your search is over. In Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark, who has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer Prize winners alike for more than thirty years, has compiled a remarkable collection of more than 100 of the best writing tips from fifty of the best writing books of all time. With a chapter devoted to each key strategy, Clark expands and contextualizes the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills. An invaluable resource for writers of all kinds, Murder Your Darlings is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

The Poets   Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

73 “For some poets, poetry derives from a place,” wrote Donald Hall, whose last book was A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. “Poem after poem reaches back and touches this place, and rehearses experiences ...

Author: Kevin Larimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982123086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.
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Gray Matters

Gray Matters

1081–1084. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29361829. Hall, Donald. “Death.” Essays after Eighty. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, pp. 89–97. ______. “Fucking.” A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018, p. 181.

Author: Ellyn Lem

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978806337

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 286

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Aging is one of the most compelling issues today, with record numbers of seniors over sixty-five worldwide. Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life examines a diverse array of cultural works including films, literature, and even art that represent this time of life, often made by people who are seniors themselves. These works, focusing on important topics such as housing, memory loss, and intimacy, are analyzed in dialogue with recent research to explore how “stories” illuminate the dynamics of growing old by blending fact with imagination. Gray Matters also incorporates the life experiences of seniors gathered from over two hundred in-depth surveys with a range of questions on growing old, not often included in other age studies works. Combining cultural texts, gerontology research, and observations from older adults will give all readers a fuller picture of the struggles and pleasures of aging and avoids over-simplified representations of the process as all negative or positive.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Elderhood

Elderhood

Hall, D. (2014). Essays after eighty. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hall, D. (2018). A carnival of losses: notes nearing ninety. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Heilbrun, C. (1997). The last gift of time: life beyond sixty.

Author: Louise Aronson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781620405482

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction A New York Times Bestseller Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner of the WSU AOS Bonner Book Award As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."
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Conversations with Donald Hall

Conversations with Donald Hall

John Martin-Joy, Allan Cooper, Richard Rohfritch. service is held at South Danbury Christian Church, and he is buried beside Jane Kenyon. In July, his forty-seventh book, A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety, appears.

Author: John Martin-Joy

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496822482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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Conversations with Donald Hall offers a unique glimpse into the creative process of a major American poet, writer, editor, anthologist, and teacher. The volume probes in depth Hall’s evolving views on poetry, poets, and the creative process over a period of more than sixty years. Donald Hall (1928–2018) reveals vivid, funny, and moving anecdotes about T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and the sculptor Henry Moore; he talks about his excitement on his return to New Hampshire and the joys of his marriage with Jane Kenyon; and he candidly discusses his loss and grief when Kenyon died in 1995 at the age of forty-seven. The thirteen interviews range from a detailed exploration of the composition of “Ox Cart Man” to the poems that make up Without, an almost unbearable poetry of grief that was written following Jane Kenyon’s death. The book also follows Hall into old age, when he turned to essay writing and the reflections on aging that make up Essays after Eighty. This moving and insightful collection of interviews is crucial for anyone interested in poetry and the creative process, the techniques and achievements of modern American poetry, and the elusive psychology of creativity and loss.
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The Selected Poems of Donald Hall

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall

... United States *New York Times Keep reading for a sample from AH M H hmhco.com YOU ARE OLD YOU ARE OLD WHEN YOU LEARN IT'S. A CARNIVAL OF LOSSES: NOTES NEARING NINETY by Donald Hall Visit www.hmhco.com to find more books by Donald Hall.

Author: Donald Hall

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780544555617

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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The former U.S. poet laureate presents the essential work from across his long and celebrated career in this sweeping collection. For decades, Donald Hall produced a body of work that established him as one of America’s most significant—and beloved—poets of his generation. Celebrated for his plainspoken yet evocative imagery and his stirring explorations of bucolic life, Hall won numerous awards, including the Robert Frost Medal, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the National Medal of Arts. When Hall reached his eighties, his health began to decline, and he announced that the ability to write poems has “abandoned” him. Looking back over his astonishingly rich body of work, Hall hand-picked his finest and most memorable poems for this final, concise, and essential volume.
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The Life of William Faulkner

The Life of William Faulkner

... at the University of Virginia, 1957–1958. University Press of Virginia, 1959. Hagood, Taylor. Faulkner, Writer of Disability. Louisiana State University Press, 2014. Hall, Donald. A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety.

Author: Carl Rollyson

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813944418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 656

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By the end of volume 1 of The Life of William Faulkner ("A filling, satisfying feast for Faulkner aficianados"— Kirkus), the young Faulkner had gone from an unpromising, self-mythologizing bohemian to the author of some of the most innovative and enduring literature of the century, including The Sound and the Fury and Light in August. The second and concluding volume of Carl Rollyson’s ambitious biography finds Faulkner lamenting the many threats to his creative existence. Feeling, as an artist, he should be above worldly concerns and even morality, he has instead inherited only debts—a symptom of the South’s faded fortunes—and numerous mouths to feed and funerals to fund. And so he turns to the classic temptation for financially struggling writers—Hollywood. Thus begins roughly a decade of shuttling between his home and family in Mississippi—lifeblood of his art—and the backlots of the Golden Age film industry. Through Faulkner’s Hollywood years, Rollyson introduces such personalities as Humphrey Bogart and Faulkner’s long-time collaborator Howard Hawks, while telling the stories behind films such as The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not. At the same time, he chronicles with great insight Faulkner's rapidly crumbling though somehow resilient marriage and his numerous extramarital affairs--including his deeply felt, if ultimately doomed, relationship with Meta Carpenter. (In his grief over their breakup, Faulkner—a dipsomaniac capable of ferocious alcoholic binges—received third-degree burns when he passed out on a hotel-room radiator.) Where most biographers and critics dismiss Faulkner’s film work as at best a necessary evil, at worst a tragic waste of his peak creative years, Rollyson approaches this period as a valuable window on his artistry. He reveals a fascinating, previously unappreciated cross-pollination between Faulkner’s film and literary work, elements from his fiction appearing in his screenplays and his film collaborations influencing his later novels—fundamentally changing the character of late-career works such as the Snopes trilogy. Rollyson takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the composition of Absalom, Absalom!, widely considered Faulkner’s masterpiece, as well as the film adaptation he authored—unproduced and never published— Revolt in the Earth. He reveals how Faulkner wrestled with the legacy of the South—both its history and its dizzying racial contradictions—and turned it into powerful art in works such as Go Down, Moses and Intruder in the Dust. Volume 2 of this monumental work rests on an unprecedented trove of research, giving us the most penetrating and comprehensive life of Faulkner and providing a fascinating look at the author's trajectory from under-appreciated "writer's writer" to world-renowned Nobel laureate and literary icon. In his famous Nobel speech, Faulkner said what inspired him was the human ability to prevail. In the end, this beautifully wrought life shows how Faulkner, the man and the artist, embodies this remarkable capacity to endure and prevail.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Old Man Country

Old Man Country

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2018. Hall, Stanley G. Senescence: The Last Half of Life. New York: Appleton, 1922. Higgs, Paul, and Gilleard, Chris. Rethinking Old Age: Theorizing the Fourth Age.

Author: Thomas R. Cole

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190689988

Category: Medical

Page: 193

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"We live in a time of change, an era where old men can maintain health but find dignity in frailty. Old Man Country helps readers see and imagine this change for themselves. The book follows the journey of a writer in search of wisdom, as he narrates encounters with twelve distinguished American men over 80 -- including Paul Volcker, the former head of the Federal Reserve, and Denton Cooley, the world's most famous heart surgeon. In these and other intimate conversations, the book explores and honors the particular way that each man faces the challenges of living a good old age"--
Categories: Medical