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My Many Selves: The Quest for a Plausible Harmony

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In his autobiography, My Many Selves, Wayne C. Booth is less concerned with his professional achievements---though the book by no means ignores his distinguished career---than with the personal vision that emerges from a long life lived thoughtfully. For Booth, even the autobiographical process becomes part of a quest to harmonize the diverse, often conflicting aspects of ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Utah State University Press (first published 2006)
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Steve Maddux
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I did my Ph.D. At the University of Chicago 1972-1979 and hence overlapped with Wayne Booth's years of teaching there, indeed one could say with his heyday, but never had a class with him and never met him. Nevertheless, two of his books have had a tremendous influence on me, The Rhetoric of Fiction, which I read while a graduate student, and Now Don't Try to Reason with Me, which I read slightly later. The present book is of a piece with them, in that it reflects his "rhetorolog
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Helen
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and found it delightful. Booth was a dear friend of my brother Richard, raised by good Mormon people but felt the Church was not for him by the time he was 15, but continued to do all the "Mormon" requirements of "good" Mormon boys with a mission and temple marriage. His struggle with wanting to continue with all the "good", causes the "many selves" to evolve with a hypocrite self, and many other selves. Each of which are quite delightful. Told with great humor and honesty. H ...more
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this is a nice autobiography from a wise University of Chicago English professor.
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