Margery Kempe Adjacent

By Book picks from Dustin

By Book picks from Dustin

Books for those obsessed with Margery Kempe, adjacent (sometimes orthogonal) either through Robert Glück's community, or through the work itself.

Margery Kempe

Robert Gluck

$15.95 $14.67

Our guiding text.

The Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976a 1991

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.

Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997

$24.95 $22.46

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.

L'Arret de Mort=: Death Sentence

Maurice Blanchot

$14.95

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.

Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother

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.

Communal Nude: Collected Essays

Robert Glück

$18.95

Glück's essays. This one is out of stock at the moment but his work considering Kempe is included.

The Man with Night Sweats: Poems

Thom Gunn

$15.00 $13.80

A contemporary, and also in the acknowledgements. One assumes everyone has read this book but in case not...

The Book of Margery Kempe (Revised)

Margery Kempe

$16.00 $14.72

This is the translation used most often by Glück for his book.

Memoirs of a Medieval Woman

Louise Collis

$15.99

The most widely cited book about Kempe, and the one Glück cites as well.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

Pierre Michon

$13.00

Of Michon's exquisite biographical fiction, this comes closest to the Margery passages in Glück's book.

Empathy

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.

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Gustave Flaubert

$19.00 $17.48

One of the singular depictions of visitation in literature.

Radical Love: Five Novels

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.

Positions of the Sun

Lyn Hejinian

$18.00

Another contemporary. Here, a text that breaks narrative and reimagines lineage and engagement with the world.