Fifty Days of Solitude [SIGNED] by Doris Grumbach

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Faced with a rare opportunity to experiment with solitude, Doris Grumbach decided to live in her coastal Maine home without speaking to anyone for fifty days. The result is a beautiful meditation about what it means to write, to be alone, and to come to terms with mortality.

About Doris Grumbach

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Grumbach has been a literary editor of The New Republic, a nonfiction columnist for The New York Times Book Review, and a book reviewer for National Public Radio.
Published February 1, 1995 by Wheeler Pub Inc. 110 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In this diary of her solitude, Grumbach ponders death (``...was I perhaps preparing myself for the final deep freeze...''), creativity, being alone, the search for self, and the consequences of silence--the cold seems colder, the space larger, and in the midst of a snowstorm, silence itself becom...

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In the book's most moving passages, she recalls a young dancer's slow demise from AIDS and the suicide of a writing student, the latter a chilling account of Grumbach's inability to help a tortured man who felt utterly alone.

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