Rejoining the Common Reader

Paper Text – $21.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-0991-9

Cloth Text – $39.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-0977-3
Publication Date
June 1991
Page Count
231 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Rejoining the Common Reader

Essays, 1962-1990
Clara Claiborne Park
Rejoining the Common Reader is suffused with the impulse that motivates Clara Claiborne Park's distinguished writing and teaching: the desire to related literature to the experience of its readers. This humane, balanced, and entertaining book will appeal to anyone who longs to recapture the pleasure of reading for personal enrichment and to teachers of literature who have grown to resent the intrusiveness of theory and theorizing and wish to reexamine what they are doing to, for, and with their students.

About the Author

Clara Claiborne Park (August 19, 1923 – July 3, 2010) was an American college English teacher and author who was best known for her writings about her experiences raising her autistic daughter, the artist Jessica Park. Her 1967 book, The Siege was credited as one of the first books to allay the blame that parents, especially mothers, were made to feel at having caused their child's autism through their cold detachment.