An Autobiographical Letter

With a "Self-Portrait of the Author" and a Post-Autobiographical Postscript

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
326 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2020
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Author Biography

Norman Weeks is an autobiographical and experiential writer.

An Autobiographical Letter is the straight-through narrative of a half-century of the author’s life, relating the experiences that fed into the writings. Its companion volume, Autobioscenes & Necrographies extracts and expands some episodes from that life. The first book is the panorama, the second some snapshots.

Also derived from personal experiences are several books of travel narratives: Nature Norm’s North Woods, excursions into the natural world of the Minnesota-Canada borderland. Tropical Ecstasy, a nostalgia trip back to Brazil, where the author had served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. And Two Weeks in Eternal Egypt, as a member of a tour group exploring the antiquity and sociology of that country.

Throughout those and other writings, Norman Weeks expresses a cosmopolitan appreciation of our world and the wide range of experiences possible in one human life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

An Autobiographical Letter; With a "Self-Portrait of the Author" and a Post-Autobiographical Postscript by Norman Weeks encapsulates the richness of his life and living; his upbringing, education, maturation, personal interaction with friends and lovers, adventures, challenges, setbacks, travails, and travels, and gives readers glimpses of him as a person and his life. The Self-Portrait theme, human consciousness, and his belief in Transcendental idealism explore his values, personal philosophy, and moral dimensions, and border on self-revelation. It also throws light on the contents of his writings which he terms as subjective, methodical, matter-of-fact, unornamented, and limited to reality and experience.

The approach to the book shows the unique thought process of Norman Weeks. All his writings are innovative and different as they give a peek into the author's life during the various phases of his life and his various literary projects. What makes An Autobiographical Letter appealing is the way the author has decided to pull readers into his life. He speaks about being a rustic child of nature and an entertaining and self-proclaimed lover of animals. All three sections of the book have different things to offer readers in terms of content and they also throw light on what has actually shaped him to be the person he is and his wisdom. The book is a good way to understand the thought processes of the author and reveals his struggles with finding publishers for his books, especially Roman Ruminations. The author weaves his life experiences in with his literary stories, and the detailed narration and description make An Autobiographical Letter an engaging read.