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Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe by Jennifer Sinor (review)

Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe by Jennifer Sinor (review) mon knowledge, this book is a superb resource for scholars and fans alike. Herb Th ompson Emory & Henry College Jennifer Sinor, Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeff e. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2017. 168 pp. Paper, $19.95. In confronting the striking qualities of the western American land- scape, Georgia O’Keeff e did not trust words to render her feeling. It may seem paradoxical, then, that Jennifer Sinor should turn to words— her own analysis of O’Keeff e’s letters— to make sense of the artist’s life in place. Well aware of this dissonance, Letters off ers a deft handling of the gap between experience of place and the words that attempt to capture it, omitting traditional analytic structure in favor of narrative- driven scholarship that places the author’s own experiences of place alongside O’Keeff e’s iconic works and the experiences that inspired them. Sinor strikes a balance between narrator and participant in the text’s nine essays, direct in framing the work’s structure and her intent, but more a collaborator in the specifi c themes of each essay. Th rough this approach, she develops a synthesis of archival evidence, interpretation, speculation, and creative imagination. Some essays, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe by Jennifer Sinor (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 53 (1) – Jun 1, 2018

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The Western Literature Association
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1948-7142

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mon knowledge, this book is a superb resource for scholars and fans alike. Herb Th ompson Emory & Henry College Jennifer Sinor, Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeff e. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2017. 168 pp. Paper, $19.95. In confronting the striking qualities of the western American land- scape, Georgia O’Keeff e did not trust words to render her feeling. It may seem paradoxical, then, that Jennifer Sinor should turn to words— her own analysis of O’Keeff e’s letters— to make sense of the artist’s life in place. Well aware of this dissonance, Letters off ers a deft handling of the gap between experience of place and the words that attempt to capture it, omitting traditional analytic structure in favor of narrative- driven scholarship that places the author’s own experiences of place alongside O’Keeff e’s iconic works and the experiences that inspired them. Sinor strikes a balance between narrator and participant in the text’s nine essays, direct in framing the work’s structure and her intent, but more a collaborator in the specifi c themes of each essay. Th rough this approach, she develops a synthesis of archival evidence, interpretation, speculation, and creative imagination. Some essays,

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Western American LiteratureThe Western Literature Association

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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