Thursday, 17 December 2015

WRITERS ON WRITING #76: Doris Grumbach

Writers are entirely egocentric.  To them, few things in their lives have meaning or importance unless they give promise of serving some creative purpose.  They waste nothing they hear or feel or see or are told; nothing is lost on them, as Henry James observed.
  So I began to record, on odd pieces of paper, backs of envelopes, and torn memo-pad sheets, what I was learning about being alone.  I felt it was all too insignificant, too scrappy, to put into a bound notebook.  But still...What had at first been enriching and sustaining as I lived it, became, well, subject matter.

Fifty Days of Solitude (1994)

Click HERE to read The View from 90, a thought-provoking essay about solitude and the aging process by DORIS GRUMBACH originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of The American Scholar.

You might also enjoy:
DORIS GRUMBACH The Missing Person (1981)
WRITERS ON WRITING #54: Henry James 

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