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Book Title: The Shutter of Snow|
The author of the book: Emily Holmes Coleman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.30 MB
Edition: Virago Modern Classics
Date of issue: February 26th 1981
ISBN 13: 9780860681731
Read full description of the books The Shutter of Snow:Emily Holmes Coleman's The Shutter of Snow presents a close study of what it was like to be treated in a 19th-century mental hospital. The innovative language and viewpoint follow the thoughts and actions of Marthe Gail, institutionalized for depression after the birth of her son. Coleman draws a brilliant picture of Gail's mind and its passage through the fog of her illness; portraits of other patients and the caretakers who attend them are equally striking. Unlike Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper, in this startling story Marthe's husband offers loving support while she sorts through her delusions of being God and her violent behavior.
Read information about the authorEmily Holmes Coleman, American poet and novelist, was born in 1899, in Oakland, California. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1920 and soon thereafter left for Paris where she worked as the society editor for the Paris Tribune. As an expatriate writer, Coleman continued to live in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
Although Emily Coleman's papers reveal her to be a prolific writer, her only published works were her contributions to little magazines, such as transition and New Review, and her autobiographical novel, The Shutter of Snow (1930). She kept a close friendship with Djuna Barnes, Edwin Muir, Peggy Guggenheim, Beatrix Wright, and Antonia White.
From 1944 until her death the focus of Coleman's attention and activities was her religious life. She became involved with the Catholic left, developed friendships with Dorothy Day and Jacques and Raissa Maritain, and lived in a number of Catholic communities. At the time of her death in 1974, Coleman was being cared for by Catholic nuns at The Farm in Tivoli, New York.
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