How Literature Saved My Life

By David Shields
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780345802729, 207pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

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Blending confessional criticism and cultural autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Evoking his deeply divided personality, his character flaws, his woes, his serious despair, he wants "literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this—which is what makes it essential." This is a captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original book about the essential acts of reading and writing.

About the Author
David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead"; "Reality Hunger", named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; and "Black Planet", a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into twenty languages.
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