A Whole New Life

Reynolds Price has long been one of America's most acclaimed and accomplished men of letters -- the author of novels, stories, poems, essays, plays, and a memoir.

Author: Reynolds Price

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439107750

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Reynolds Price has long been one of America's most acclaimed and accomplished men of letters -- the author of novels, stories, poems, essays, plays, and a memoir. In A Whole New Life, however, he steps from behind that roster of achievements to present us with a more personal story, a narrative as intimate and compelling as any work of the imagination. In 1984, a large cancer was discovered in his spinal cord ("The tumor was pencil-thick and gray-colored, ten inches long from my neck-hair downward"). Here, for the first time, Price recounts without self-pity what became a long struggle to withstand and recover from this appalling, if all too common, affliction (one American in three will experience some from of cancer). He charts the first puzzling symptoms; the urgent surgery that fails to remove the growth and the radiation that temporarily arrests it (but hurries his loss of control of his lower body); the occasionally comic trials of rehab; the steady rise of severe pain and reliance on drugs; two further radical surgeries; the sustaining force of a certain religious vision; an eventual discovery of help from biofeedback and hypnosis; and the miraculous return of his powers as a writer in a new, active life. Beyond the particulars of pain and mortal illness, larger concerns surface here -- a determination to get on with the human interaction that is so much a part of this writer's much-loved work, the gratitude he feels toward kin and friends and some (though by no means all) doctors, the return to his prolific work, and the "now appalling, now astonishing grace of God." A Whole New Life offers more than the portrait of one brave person in tribulation; it offers honest insight, realistic encouragement and inspiration to others who suffer the bafflement of catastrophic illness or who know someone who does or will.

Understanding Reynolds Price

David Patrick Stearns , “ New Music Rings with Promise , ” USA Today 20 Oct. 1989 : 5D . 5. ... See Frank , “ A Whole New Life : An Illness and a Healing , " rev . of A Whole New Life , by Reynolds Price , Christian Century 23 Nov.

Author: James A. Schiff

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570031267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This critical analysis of Price's writings traces the development of an esteemed American writer, from the 1962 publication A Long and Happy Life. Demonstrating how literary trends have often run counter to Price's career, Schiff argues that Price has remained committed to a personal vision.

Reconstructing Illness

Tokyo & New York : Japan Publications , Inc. , 1986. ... First Cancer Then Lupus : The Courageous Story of One Woman's Journey through Illness , Chemotherapy , Steroids , and Pain ... A Whole New Life : An Illness and a Healing .

Author: Anne Hunsaker Hawkins

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557531261

Category: Medical

Page: 316

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Serious illness and mortality, those most universal, unavoidable, and frightening of human experiences, are the focus of this pioneering study which has been hailed as a telling and provocative commentary on our times. As modern medicine has become more scientific and dispassionate, a new literary genre has emerged: pathography, the personal narrative concerning illness, treatment, and sometimes death. Hawkins's sensitive reading of numerous pathographies highlights the assumptions, attitudes, and myths that people bring to the medical encounter. One factor emerges again and again in these case studies: the tendency in contemporary medical practice to focus primarily not on the needs of the individual who is sick but on the condition that we call disease. Pathography allows the individual person a voice - one that asserts the importance of the experiential side of illness, and thus restores the feeling, thinking, experiencing human being to the center of the medical enterprise. Recommended for medical practitioners, the clergy, caregivers, students of popular culture, and the general reader, Reconstructing Illness demonstrates that only when we hear both the doctor's and the patient's voice will we have a medicine that is truly human.

The Ethics of Life Writing

Life as We Know It : A Father , a Family , and an Exceptional Child . New York : Pantheon , 1996 . ... Aidan's Way : The Story of a Boy's Life and a Father's Journey . Naperville , 111 . ... A Whole New Life : An Illness and a Healing .

Author: Paul John Eakin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801488337

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 271

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Our lives are increasingly on display in public, but the ethical issues involved in presenting such revelations remain largely unexamined. How can life writing do good, and how can it cause harm? The eleven essays here explore such questions.

Ex Auditu Volume 21

A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing. New York: Atheneum, 1994. Price, an English professor at Duke University for over 40 years, is a paraplegic as a result of a spinal tumor he contracted in 1984. This book describes his process ...

Author: Klyne Snodgrass

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498232604

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Ps 103:3: "Bless the Lord . . . Who heals all your diseases."

Aging Pastoring for Life Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well

12 , pp . 149–52 . 23. Preached in Duke University Chapel , July 13 , 1997 . 24. Shakespeare , Macbeth , act 5 , scene 5 , lines 30-31 . 25. Reynolds Price , A Whole New Life : An Illness and a Healing ( New York : Atheneum , 1994 ) .

Author: Will Willimon

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493422561

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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★ Publishers Weekly starred review Seasoned pastor and church leader Will Willimon excels at creating thought-provoking, accessible books for working pastors and seminarians. In Aging, he takes a theologically rich look at numerous aspects of growing old. Drawing on Scripture, literature, current research, and his experiences as an aging adult, Willimon reflects on aging as a spiritual journey. He explores the challenging realties as well as the rewarding joys of growing old and shows pastors how to help their congregants grow old gracefully and in good Christian hope. Willimon also offers practical advice on helping church members as they encounter retirement, aging, caring for the aging, loss, bereavement, and finding faith in the last quarter of life. This eloquent, delightfully Christian perspective on aging will be of interest to all who care for aging souls--not only pastors but also chaplains and other ministers in hospitals, hospices, and extended care facilities. About the Series Pastors are called to help people navigate the profound mysteries of being human, from birth to death and everything in between. This series, edited by leading pastoral theologian Jason Byassee, provides pastors and pastors-in-training with rich theological reflection on the various seasons that make up a human life, helping them minister with greater wisdom and joy.

Enduring Cancer

... A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing (New York: Scribner, 2003). 18 Price, A Whole New Life, 180. 19 Conway, Ordinary Life, 2; Conway, Beyond Words, 9. 20 Ann Jurecic, Illness as Narrative (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh ...

Author: Dwaipayan Banerjee

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478012218

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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In Enduring Cancer Dwaipayan Banerjee explores the efforts of Delhi's urban poor to create a livable life with cancer as patients and families negotiate an overextended health system unequipped to respond to the disease. Owing to long wait times, most urban poor cancer patients do not receive a diagnosis until it is too late to treat the disease effectively. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the city's largest cancer care NGO and at India's premier public health hospital, Banerjee describes how, for these patients, a cancer diagnosis is often the latest and most serious in a long series of infrastructural failures. In the wake of these failures, Banerjee tracks how the disease then distributes itself across networks of social relations, testing these networks for strength and vulnerability. Banerjee demonstrates how living with and alongside cancer is to be newly awakened to the fragility of social ties, some already made brittle by past histories, and others that are retested for their capacity to support.

New Essays on Life Writing and the Body

A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing. New York: Scribner's, 2003. Puller, Lewis B. Jr. Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet. New York: Grove, 2000. Punday, Daniel. Narrative Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Narratology.

Author: Christopher Stuart

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443808032

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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In light of materialist revisions of the Cartesian dual self and the increased recognition of memoir and autobiography as a crucial cultural index, the physical body has emerged in the last twenty-five years as an increasingly inescapable object of inquiry, speculation, and theory that intersects all of the various subgenres of life writing. New Essays on Life Writing and the Body thus offers a timely, original, focused, and yet appropriately interdisciplinary study of life writing. This collection brings together new work by established authorities in autobiography, such as Timothy Dow Adams, G. Thomas Couser, Cynthia Huff, and others, along with essays by emerging scholars in the field. Subjects range from new interpretations of well-known autobiographies by Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, and Lucy Grealy, as well as scholarly surveys of more recently defined subgenres, such as the numerous New Woman autobiographies of the late 19th century, adoption narratives, and sibling memoirs of the mentally impaired. Due to their wide, interdisciplinary focus, these essay will prove valuable not only to more traditional literary scholars interested in the classic literary autobiography but also to those in Women’s Studies, Ethnic and African-American Studies, as well as in emerging fields such as Disability Studies and Cognitive Studies.

A Journey

Creative Grieving and Healing John S. Campbell, MD. Miller, Judith Fitzgerald, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN. Coping With Chronic Illness: Overcoming Powerlessness. Pennsylvania, Pa. ... A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing.

Author: John S. Campbell, MD

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595844913

Category: Self-Help

Page: 114

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All of us repeatedly grieve, heal, and reinvent ourselves throughout our lives. Being aware of, and active in, this inherent aspect of our existence I believe to be a less painful and more satisfying way of living than blindly struggling with, or resisting, these natural processes.-John S. Campbell, M.D., author of A Journey: Creative Grieving and Healing. "We all die, he seems to be telling us. What is far more important is that we live a meaningful life before that time comes." "We all need to dig deep to find our own wisdom so we may understand what John is telling us."-Nikki DeFrain, M.S, and John DeFrain, Ph.D. from their Foreword.

Memoir Ethics

40. Reynolds Price, A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing (New York: Scribner, 2003), 192. 41. Price, A Whole New Life, 183. 42. Anatole Broyard, Intoxicated By My Illness (New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1992), 61. 43.

Author: Mike W. Martin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498533663

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues is a philosophical study of moral themes in memoirs. It explores how memoirists present and defend perspectives on good lives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of the virtues, including their interplay with additional (nonmoral) types of values in good lives. More generally, it explores the relevance of memoir to moral philosophy and, in turn, how moral philosophy enters into elucidating and critiquing memoirs.