Life Work

Life Work

by Donald Hall

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The distinguished poet  on the meaning of work, solitude, and love in this "extraordinary nobility and wisdom" (The New York Times)

When Donald Hall moved to his grandparents' New Hampshire farm in 1975, his work as a writer and a life devoted to the liteary arts must have seemed remote from the harsh physical labor of his ancestors. However, he reveals a similar kind of artistry in the lives of his grandparents, Kate and Wesley. From them he learned that the devotion to craft—be it canning vegetables, writing poems, or carting manure—creates its own special discipline and an "absorbedness" that no wage can compensate.

In this "sustained meditation on work as the key to personal happiness" (Los Angeles Times), we see how the writer has modeled his own life on his family's lives of work, solitude, and love. When Hall comes face to face with his own mortality halfway through writing this book, we understand both his obsession with work and its ultimate consolation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807071335
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/14/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 755,926
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Donald Hall (1928–2018) Was the author of many volumes of poetry spanning forty years, including The One Day, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, essays, children's books, and criticism.

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