The Exact Location of the Soul: New and Selected Essays

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2002 - Literary Collections - 352 pages
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Richard Selzer selects from his own classic essays, culled from three decades of writing. Published along with his favorites are five new essays, including "Phantom Vision" and "Braindeath," and an introduction detailing the making of this virtuoso doctor/writer. Compassionate, moving and perversely funny, Richard Selzer's essays intimately connect us with profound questions of life and death.
 

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Contents

The Making of a DoctorWriter
1
The Exact Location of the Soul
16
Down from Troy Part I
23
Down from Troy Part II
42
The Surgeon as Priest
63
Lessons from the Art
74
Fairy Tale
83
Phantom Vision
105
The Knife
178
The Corpse
188
Bald
199
Writers Block
204
Of Nazareth and New Haven
207
Textbook
212
Letter to a Young Surgeon I
219
Letter to a Young Surgeon II
226

A Hesitation
110
A Mask on the Face of Death
121
A Question of Mercy
134
Liver
147
Bone
160
Skin
169
Letter to a Young Surgeon IV
235
How to Build a Slaughterhouse
243
Notes from a Monastery
257
Rounds
315
An Absence of Windows
331
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Richard Selzer is a former surgeon and Yale School of Medicine professor. He has received many awards for his writing, including a National Magazine Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His previous book The Doctor Stories was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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