Rosanna Warren --> reviewed by Peter Filkins -->

Though Rosanna Warren bills her new collection of essays as “an occult autobiography,” the reader picking up Fables of the Self should not expect a self-indulgent tour through the author’s life and legacy. Instead, her “investigation into the nature of literary selfhood” is just that: literary and investigative in true scholarly manner. In sleuthing through the complexities of how the self is depicted in poetry, Warren provides an adumbrated walking tour of poetry from Sappho to the present day. This itinerary also maps the landscape of the author’s own self and sensibility, for Warren’s pursuit of her various subjects is more personal than programmatic. Were the book intended as an exhaustive, academic study of the self in poetry,...


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