The Whistlers' Room

The Whistlers' Room

Stories and Essays

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Collects journal entries, essays, translations, and fiction from the physician-turned-writer, examining such topics as painting, sculpture, war, and medicine.

Perseus Publishing
Richard Selzer is one of America’s most accomplished stylists, a physician turned writer in the grand tradition that stretches from Chekhov to William Carols Williams to Oliver Sachs. As Iliana Semmler notes in her introduction, "over fifteen years ago [he] substituted the pen for the scalpel, the desk for the operating table, his carrel in Yale’s Sterling Library for the Operating Room, [but] the consciousness of the physician remains a guiding force in all his work."

The Whistlers’ Room collects twenty-four pieces, from diaries and memoirs to essays on painting and sculpture, from essays on travel to translation and fiction. The title piece recounts the compassion and camaraderie between three soldier-patients in what was dubbed the Whistlers’ Room: "Each had been shot in the throat and sustained a more or less identical wound, destruction of the larynx." The whole book is an exhilarating tour, led by a remarkable imagination.

Widely and justly celebrated, Richard Selzer is one of America’s most accomplished stylists, a physician turned writer in the grand tradition that stretches from Chekhov to William Carlos Williams to Oliver Sachs. The Whistlers’ Room collects twenty-four pieces, from diaries and memoirs to essays on painting and sculpture, from essays on travel to translation and fiction. The title piece recounts the compassion and camaraderie between three soldier-patients in what was dubbed the Whistlers’ Room: ?Each had been shot in the throat and sustained a more or less identical wound, destruction of the larynx.” The whole book is an exhilarating tour, led by a remarkable wisdom and imagination.


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& Taylor

The physician-turned-writer shares twenty-four pieces of writing on painting, sculpture, war, medicine, and other subjects, applying his humor, charm, and eccentric voice to each narrative.

Publisher: Washington, DC : Shoemaker & Hoard ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781593760199
1593760191
Branch Call Number: 814 S469w
Characteristics: xv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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