Ellen Bass


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Philadelphia, PA, The United States
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Ellen Bass is an American poet and author.

Average rating: 4.21 · 8,545 ratings · 336 reviews · 36 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Courage to Heal: A Guid...

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4.20 avg rating — 7,042 ratings — published 1988 — 19 editions
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Like a Beggar

4.51 avg rating — 282 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Human Line

4.35 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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I Never Told Anyone: Writin...

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4.04 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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Mules of Love

4.32 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Beginning to Heal

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Free Your Mind

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Our Stunning Harvest: Poems

3.85 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1984 — 2 editions
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The Courage To Heal Book & ...

4.60 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2008
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Of Separateness & Merging

3.50 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1977
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“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
Ellen Bass

“So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent.” The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis”
Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

“Everyone has the right to tell the truth about her own life.”
Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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