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The art of the wasted day, Patricia Hampl

Label
The art of the wasted day
Title
The art of the wasted day
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Hampl
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In an effort to discover the value of daydreaming and leisure, the author sets out on a journey that will take her to the homes of people who famously wasted time daydreaming, but were better for it, including Gregor Mendel
  • "The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay. Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life. The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go"--Book jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
FMG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hampl, Patricia
Dewey number
  • 818/.5409
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.A4575
LC item number
Z46 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hampl, Patricia
  • Poets, American
  • Relaxation
  • Leisure
  • Autobiographies
  • Travel writing
  • Anecdotes
Label
The art of the wasted day, Patricia Hampl
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Timelessness -- To go -- To stay
Control code
ocn1030580852
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780525429647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The art of the wasted day, Patricia Hampl
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Timelessness -- To go -- To stay
Control code
ocn1030580852
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780525429647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

Library Locations

    • Marion Public LibraryBorrow it
      1095 Sixth Avenue, Marion, IA, 52302, US
      42.032284 -91.59893
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