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On the Demands of Truthfulness in Writing Personal Loss Narratives
Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss (1996)
  • Carolyn S Ellis, University of South Florida
Abstract

There's no doubt that [your] descriptions evoke detailed images, but I think it's the honesty of that voice that makes the reader listen in the first place. and I also think that it's an honesty of content and not just of tone, (personal letter from Mika Uematsu, July 5, 1995) He wrote me a wonderful letter… The crux of what he said was that I should never be afraid of appearing angry, small-minded, obtuse, mean, immoral, amoral or calculating. “Take no care for your dignity,” he said, and I have followed his advice scrupulously ever since. (From Mary Karr, author of The Liar's Club, writing about a letter from Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy's Life, quoted in Basbanes, 1995)

Keywords
  • Autoethnography,
  • Loss,
  • Grief,
  • Honesty,
  • Truth,
  • Truthfulness,
  • Disclosure,
  • Dignity
Publication Date
1996
Citation Information
Carolyn S Ellis. "On the Demands of Truthfulness in Writing Personal Loss Narratives" Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss Vol. 1 Iss. 2 (1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carolyn_ellis/21/