Sheathing the Bodkin: Combating Suicide - A Conversation with Jennifer Michael Hecht

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and poet, author and historian commentator Jennifer Michael Hecht. After intriguing details about how she combines writing poetry, doing scholarly history and public writing, this wide-ranging conversation movingly embellishes upon Jennifer Michael Hecht's book, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, which is an intellectual and cultural history of the most persuasive arguments against suicide from the Stoics and the Bible to Dante, Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, and such twentieth-century writers as Albert Camus.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, ..Or To Lend A Hand, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Different Hats - And how to combine them
II. Facing the Unthinkable - Confronting suicide
III. Historical Examinations - A litany of intriguing insights
IV. Suffering - Worth recognizing
V. Meaning and Mattering - The benefits of faith

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Publication date
April 24, 2021
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