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The Black Heart's Truth
Author: John W. Crowley

ISBN: 9780807865279
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 12 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9 x 1.2
Description:
W. D. Howells once wrote to his friend Mark Twain of "the black heart's-truth, which we all know of ourselves in our hearts" -- the dark core of inner life that underlies "the whity-brown truth of the pericardium, or the nice, whitened truth of the shirt front." For Howells, a writer with a lifelong history of psychological disturbances, telling this "black heart's-truth" evinced his courage and imaginative spirit. John W. Crowley examines psychological clues in Howells' life in order to understand his art and to show how his writing was shaped by his neuroses. Applying the methods of literary psychology, Crowley reveals the submerged patterns and preoccupations that influenced Howells' early career. As both a biographical and literary study, The Black Heart's Truth offers a detailed analysis of Howells' childhood and adolescence, his career as a fiction writer, his marriage, and his breakdowns. In his youth, Howells suffered from a variety of neurotic symptoms, including severe phobias, and he himself spoke of his "morbid boyhood," which culminated in his first breakdown at the age of seventeen. Using a Freudian perspective, ...

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