Books for those obsessed with Margery Kempe, adjacent (sometimes orthogonal) either through Robert Glück's community, or through the work itself.
Robert Gluck$15.95 $14.67
Our guiding text.
Hervé Guibert$21.95 $19.76
Marvelous to read these gorgeous, sorrowful, erotic diaries, operating in a similar vein to the parts of Margery Kempe about Bob and and his romance/infatuation with L.
A brilliant guide to the context in which Margery Kempe should be read. Killian and Bellamy are thanked in Glück's acknowledgements, and his process in writing Kempe is cited in the introduction to this collection.
Lydia Davis also gets a mention in Glück's acknowledgements. I think it's interesting to look at that book alongside her translation of one of Blanchot's masterworks.
Douglas A Martin$16.95 $15.59
Douglas A. Martin's exploration of the life of Branwell resonates strongly with Glück's book. It's interesting, too, to consider this alongside Martin's new narrative work, and his work on Acker.
Glück's essays. This one is out of stock at the moment but his work considering Kempe is included.
Thom Gunn$15.00 $13.80
A contemporary, and also in the acknowledgements. One assumes everyone has read this book but in case not...
Margery Kempe$16.00 $14.72
This is the translation used most often by Glück for his book.
The most widely cited book about Kempe, and the one Glück cites as well.
Of Michon's exquisite biographical fiction, this comes closest to the Margery passages in Glück's book.
Sarah Schulman$17.95 $16.51
Schulman was another early reader of Margery Kempe. Here, one of her most celebrated novels, with an introduction by Killian.
Gustave Flaubert$19.00 $17.48
One of the singular depictions of visitation in literature.
Fanny Howe$22.95 $20.66
Another early reader of and contemporary of Glück. A book I've happily given as a gift many many times.
Another contemporary. Here, a text that breaks narrative and reimagines lineage and engagement with the world.