Myself and Some Other Being

wwordswoThis week I have been working on what I hope will be the final substantial revisions to my book for U of Iowa P. The latest iteration of my title is “Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing.” It’s not a typo: I mean “writing” as a participle not a gerund. The life that is the doing the writing, but I mean for it to capture both “life-writing” and “the writing life.” But “the life writing” seems to me to capture what I’m doing in this book: I’m looking at Wordsworth doing the writing about his life, life-writing, so that he can write a version of himself that will have a writing life. Perhaps this is too cutesy. But I’m liking it.

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