The Light of the World (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir

By Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander (Narrator)

Publication Date: April 20, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/6/2016)
Hardcover (4/21/2015)
CD-Audio (4/21/2015)
Hardcover, Large Print (9/23/2015)


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A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.
In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid price, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband's death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well-lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is required reading.

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is considered to be one of the most important poets of our time. Pushcart Prize winner, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellow, Ms. Alexander is also the first recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship for improving race relations through her work. She composed and recited "Praise Song for the Day" for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She teaches poetry at Yale University, where she is also chair of the African American Studies Department.