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Galbraith Miller Crump coming to New Dominion June 24

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Galbraith Miller Crump will discuss and sign his memoir

A Slant of Light

Wednesday, June 24 at 12:15 PM

Galbraith Miller Crump married Joan Lee in 1952 and spent the next 54 years by her side. His new book, A Slant of Light, chronicles the life and death of this beautiful woman from ovarian cancer. More than a narrative of her struggle with cancer, however, this is a love story, exploring the richness of life, its joys and adversities, and the complexity of loss experienced by those left behind. The book recounts their life together and the challenges he faces in coming to terms with her death. In writing he discovers the power of memory to provide solace. From his sadness arises a new understanding of their lives together, while she emerges as an image of every woman whose dedication to life as a mother, teacher, and artist inspired all who knew her. We come to see her life as rich and full of meaning as the beautiful quilts in which she stitched together the fabrics of experience in all its colors.

“At the center is the enchanting figure of Joan, a woman who ignites each scene just as she provided light and life for her large and far-flung family. Galbraith Crump’s meditations on Joan and their life together are vivid and particular to be sure—and breathtakingly powerful—but they also evoke larger consideration of meaning and mortality that will touch any reader.”—David H. Lynn, Editor, The Kenyon Review

Galbraith Miller Crump took his B.A. from Hamilton College, then a Masters at Reading University, England and a Ph.D. at St. John’s College, Oxford. He taught at a number of universities in the United States, Canada, France, and England. At Kenyon College in Ohio, he served as the John Crowe Ransom Professor of Literature and as Editor of the Kenyon Review. His publications include Poems and Translations of Thomas Stanley (editor), Poems of Affairs of States, 1685–88 (editor), and The Mystical Design of Paradise Lost. His life-long interests have included painting, book collecting, camping, and traveling with his family.

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