Literature and Aging: An Anthology

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Martin Kohn, Carol C. Donley, Delese Wear
Kent State University Press, 1992 - Literary Collections - 434 pages
Some of the world's greatest literature is devoted to expressing the joys and sorrows humans experience as they grow old. New opportunities and challenges appear: retirement, a special closeness with the family, failing health, the recognition of personal mortality, prejudice against the elderly, and grief over the losses of loved ones and places. This collection of more than 60 short stories, poems, and plays addresses these issues primarily through the works of modern American writers, including Bernard Malamud, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Edward Albee, Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, William Carlos Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. The selections represent the experience of aging from the perspective of persons of diverse color, ethnicity, and background, and are complemented by illustrator Elizabeth Layton's wry and perceptive prints.
 

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A very interesting read although at parts rather confusing. For Instance, the character of 'Hattie' can come across as rather mean and lacking in emotion in other parts, also she is referred to as 'Hettie' when this is in fact incorrect. Please address this. Yours Sincerley, Di Jackson the head of SHS Library.  

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7
The Workhouse Ward
20
Mr Floods Party
35
DEMISE LEVERTOV
39
On A Winter Night
45
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
74
AGING AND LOVE
83
Now Before the End I Think
89
Maggie of the Green Bottles
213
Grandfather in the Old Mens Home
236
The goth Year
257
Appropriate Affect
271
AGING AND THE COMMUNITY
293
The Very
308
To Hell with Dying
315
Toenails
321

We Are Nighttime Travelers
96
Grandmas Got a
108
Epstein
117
The Linden Tree
134
Fallback
146
TlLUE OtSElV
153
PorteCochere
184
The Jewbird
205
A Visit of Charity
331
Idiots First
347
What You Hear From Em?
355
Old Doc Rivers
368
SAUL BELLOW
388
The Black and White
415
Index
433
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Martin Kohn is cofounder and senior associate for Program Development, Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College. He previously directed the Human Values in Medicine program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. His poetry has appeared in numerous print and electronic journals.

Carol Donley is Andrews Professor of Biomedical Humanities and cofounder of the Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College. With Martin Kohn, she coedits the Literature and Medicine series at the Kent State University Press. Retired from full-time teaching, she continues to teach a few courses in the Biomedical Humanities program at Hiram.

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