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Those who fear the novel is dead or dying can rest easy. Between the pages of this revelatory revenant—the art form revivified with heart, humor, and layered perception—is a bildungsroman of a book, literally.
“Can a novel that anthropomorphizes language be a page-turner?
Glenn Ingersoll’s AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A BOOK says, 'Yes!' And this
—Eric Darton, author of Free City
“It does no disservice to Glenn Ingersoll to call him the author of the exhilarating AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A BOOK, but doing so might be taken as an offense to the Book, which is, as we discover, self-authored, as is the case with so many great works of literature. 'Life begins with an utterance. A word. Another word to grow on. A third to give the first two meaning. One more and we begin to have context. We are now in the midst of it. This is living.' Thus the Book begins. Already both its charmingly quirky personality and its erudite intellectual acumen are in play. The Book does not censor its flow of anxieties nor disguise its capacity to be amused at its failings even while remaining committed to its existence; it is imaginative enough to be willing to venture into (and experience) dark and even dangerous scenarios, and (of course) to linger in and fret over its intimate relationship with words and their organization into sentences. Book, after all, has no other existence. Having an existence, meanwhile, means it has context; it inheres in a world—its world—of experiences. It is thus that it accrues personality: '[R]egardless of whatever creation, work of art, or deed has come about, someone has lived. Are we someone? Are you someone? Try to be someone!' So writes Julia Kristeva in the preface to her biographical Hannah Arendt, but it’s something that the Book too might say. Listen well.”
—Lyn Hejinian, author of My Life and The Cold of Poetry
Glenn Ingersoll is the author of the chapbooks City Walks (broken boulder, 1999) and Fact (Avantacular, 2012), and the prose poem epic Thousand (MCTPub, 2019). He has hosted Berkeley Public Library's poetry reading & interview series, Clearly Meant, since 2015. He keeps two blogs, LoveSettlement and Dare I Read. Ingersoll's poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Quarterly, Cortland Review, and Columbia Journal, among other places. Glenn Ingersoll would like to thank Book for allowing him to claim authorship of this life.