Promising Author to Explore

Robert Nathan.  I was trying to download the movie Portrait of Jenny and this led to googling it, which led to looking into the book the movie was based on.  Turns out the author, Robert Nathan, has written a lot of books like it.  I read these quotes of his on Wikipedia and now I’m in love.  Except he’s dead.  FIGURES.

“There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday.”

“Give exceeding thanks for the mystery which remains a mystery still – the veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see.”

“It seems to me that I have always wanted to say the same things in my books: that life is one, that mystery is all around us, that yesterday, today and tomorrow are all spread out in the pattern of eternity, together and that although love may wear many faces in the incomprehensible panorama of time, in the heart that loves it is always the same.”

What I really want is to give comfort to people in this wilderness of death and trouble. And to myself, too.  So, when I can, I take the poison and hate out of my books; but I hate, just the same. I hate violence, and tyranny, and vulgarity. I hate despair and destruction, and the writers who insist that that is all there is, there isn’t anything else.”

I’ll start with Portrait of Jenny, but there’s many many others from there, and every one of them sounds worth giving a try.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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