New Ways to Kill Your Mother

Writers and Their Families
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Original Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012
Product Number: EB00579388
Released: Sep 29, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781451668575
Publisher: Scribner
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In a brilliant, nuanced and wholly original collection of essays, the novelist and critic Colm TOibIn explores the relationships of writers to their families and their work. 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. TOibIn, celebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays, and currently the Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, traces and interprets those intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties in New Ways to Kill Your Mother. Through the relationship between W. B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J. M. Synge and his mother, TOibIn examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents, TOibIn perceives an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever's journals, TOibIn illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. "Educating an intellectual woman," Cheever remarked, "is like letting a rattlesnake into the house." Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, New Ways to Kill Your Mother is a fascinating look at writers' most influential bonds and a secret key to understanding and enjoying their work.

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Author(s): Colm Toibin
Narrator(s): Gerard Doyle
Product Number Z100163646
Released: Apr 22, 2020
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442354937