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Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson is a critic, memoirist, essayist, and the author of numerous books, including The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and two Swallow Press titles: The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative and Spirituality and the Writer: A Personal Inquiry.

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Spirituality and the Writer
A Personal Inquiry
By Thomas Larson

In a book-length essay on the evolving, improvisatory world of spiritual literature, Thomas Larson surveys authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir. He shows just how the writer’s craft must prevail to capture the fleeting and personal truths of the spirit in an important addition to nonfiction craft studies.

Cover of 'The Memoir and the Memoirist'

The Memoir and the Memoirist
Reading and Writing Personal Narrative
By Thomas Larson

The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. Writing programs challenge authors to disclose themselves in personal narrative. Memoir and personal narrative urge writers to face the intimacies of the self and ask what is true.In

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