Life Work

Life Work

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
The poet discusses his life, offering a meditation on work, describing how craft--be it canning vegetables or writing poems--creates its own discipline and an "absorbedness" that no wage can equal

Book News
Noted poet, essayist, critic, and children's book writer Hall provides a personal glimpse into the work of art and the art of work. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
When Donald Hall moved to his grandparents' New Hampshire farm in 1975, his work as a writer must have seemed remote from the harsh physical labor of his ancestors. Hall, a prize-winning poet and author of several dozen books, has devoted his life to the literary arts. In this paean to work, Hall reveals a similar kind of artistry in the lives of his grandparents, Kate and Wesley. From them he learned that the devotion to craft - be it canning vegetables, writing poems, or carting manure - creates its own special discipline and an "absorbedness" that no wage can compensate.
Hall has given us affectionate portraits of his New Hampshire clan in String Too Short to Be Saved, the Eagle Pond books, and the bestselling children's book Ox-Cart Man. In Life Work, we see how the writer has modeled his own life on his family's lives of work, solitude, and love. When Hall comes face to face with his own mortality halfway through writing this book, we understand both his obsession with work and its ultimate consolation.

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& Taylor

The poet discusses his life, offering a meditation on work, describing how craft--be it canning vegetables or writing poems--creates its own discipline and an "absorbedness" that no wage can equal. By the author of Their Ancient Glittering Eyes.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c1993
ISBN: 9780807070543
0807070548
Characteristics: 123 p. ; 23 cm

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