The fear of death, the pain of bereavement, the art of consolation, and the custom of mourning—these are experiences with which all mortals must reckon. In , editors Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman have gathered the best classic and contemporary writing on mortality—from Montaigne to Monty Python—to produce an essential resource for the heart and mind. These idiosyncratic and always enlightening pieces are grouped into thematic parts in which a diversity of perspective on death are revealed. From death in its most personal sphere to the major issues of death in the public realm, offers a fresh and unmediated encounter with mortality and the many dimensions of grief and recovery.
A compelling collection of poems, fiction, letters, historical documents, essays, and narrations from a wide variety of writers, including:
Vladimir Nabokov- John Ashbery- Samuel Beckett
Adam Smith- Simone de Beauvoir- Grace Paley
Giovanni Boccaccio- Bertolt Brecht- Roland Barthes
James Baldwin- Primo Levi- Anne Sexton
Luis Buñuel- Paul Monette- Jessica Mitford- Stanley Elkin
Minter graduated from Bennington College in 1987, where she studied writing with Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Belitt, Maura Spiegel, Claude Fredericks and Arturo Vivante.
about Maura Spiegel
Maura Spiegel is a professor of English at Columbia University who specializes in gender studies. She is the author of The Grim Reader and has written for the New York Times.
books by Maura Spiegel:
Six years ago Maura Spiegel was a runner and a sales representative at a computer company. But not anymore. That was before a friend introduced her to Bikram yoga, she said.
Panelists (left to right): Dina Ripsman Eylon, Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal; Catherine Gallagher, Representations; Maura Spiegel, Literature and Medicine; Jeffrey Di Leo, symplokc: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary Scholarship; Bruce Boehrer, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.