Spillville: A Collaboration
On June 5, 1893, Antonin Dvorak and his family arrived in Spillville, Iowa, to spend a long summer vacation. Dvorak's stay in Spillville is the point of departure for this collaboration between writer Patricia Hampl and artist Steven Sorman.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Milkweed Editions
(first published December 1st 1986)
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I do like it because the typography is well set and I can read it (out loud) and there are clear *doses* of language in it. It is above everything, measured out and put into halves like hard fruit. Tho there is nothing about eating in it or doing away with the rinds or setting your sights on the neatness of an aerial view of the nun changing, of the letters or decisivenesses. We will lord it over the land in Iowa. We will hone and trim and speak with the lips of a human underneath us. The lips o...more
I enjoyed how Patricia Hampl used the short essay format to tell the story of Antonin Dvorak and the town of Spillville in snapshots that brought both to life. I especially like Hampl's craft in ending each essay. She leaves the reader thinking and is not afraid to leave loose ends. The way landscape is tied into life is also well done. In order to see how Steven Sorman's engravings pair with the text, I would like to see the full size exhibit at some point. The engravings are well done, but I t...more
This beautiful slim volume is prose work of a trip Patricia Hampl takes to Spillville, Iowa to visit the American Czech town where Antonin Dvorak spent a summer and where he was inspired to compose his Symphony No. 9 known as the New World Symphony. Hampl visits the museums and places Dvorak was known to sit and listen to the birds, she also muses on the piano lessons of her youth, and other meanderings to the theme of finding places as well as imagining places and fitting the imagination to the...more
Patricia Hampl’s most recent book is The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, published in 2006 and now in paperback, was also one of the Times Notable Books; a portion was chosen for The Best Sp...moreMore about Patricia Hampl...