This collection of personal critical essays employs a formal study of literature as framework for the consideration of universal issues, including grief management, death, and acceptance of and benefit from traumatic change. * The book makes clear Brackett's belief that no reasonable explanation exists for the necessity some scholars see in withholding results of literary study from a broader audience, unless it be a reluctance to write with the clarity necessary to make digestible and enjoyable the fruits of their profession.
Virginia Brackett holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. Her previous books include The Encyclopedia of Classic Love and Romance Literature, Elizabeth Cary: Woman of Conscience, and several young adult biographies. In 2005, her book Restless Genius: The Story of Virgina Woolf was selected as one of 30 recommended books by the Amelia Bloomer Project of the American Library Association.