By Panthea Reid

In physique and Soul: A Memoir of affection, Loss, and therapeutic, biographer Panthea Reid tells the tale of her love affair along with her husband, John Fischer, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Jonathan speedy student. till John’s unexpected dying in 2015, they shared a four-decades-long love affair and literary partnership. physique and Soul unveils their deep romantic bond that started within the halls of Louisiana kingdom college, the place Reid and Fischer met in 1974. years later, they have been married. Reid lines their wealthy literary partnership and stocks their scholarly travels in pursuit of educational study. whereas Reid wove her means from William Faulkner to Virginia Woolf to Tillie Olsen, John deepened his services on his lifelong scholarly topic, Jonathan rapid. jointly they outfitted a relatives with Panthea’s son, Reid, from a prior marriage and their daughter, Hannah. in the course of the ups and downs of educational lifestyles and its attendant politics, Panthea and John’s love for every different, for literature, and for his or her relatives deepened and grew. After retiring from their instructing professions, the couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey. Panthea had by means of now accomplished biographies of Virginia Woolf and could whole one other on Tillie Olsen. John pursued his fast learn, ultimately taking on the venture of finishing the manuscript of Swift’s Word-Book—a dictionary fast created for a feminine better half named Esther Johnson. Reid narrates the surprise of her husband’s premature demise and stocks the painful, occasionally fun, consistently heartfelt tale of her trip towards therapeutic, in which she all started writing back and in addition took up the duty of finishing the Word-Book, John’s ultimate, unfinished undertaking, carrying on with their literary partnership even after his loss of life. With an inventory of instructed assets, physique and Soul presents a roadmap for these additionally struggling with loss and grief. regardless of the heartbreak, Reid’s tale eventually celebrates existence and the facility of love.

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