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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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On My Return from Exile

On My Return from Exile

(p.84) (p.85) On My Return from Exile
Shaping Memories

Linda Williamson Nelson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the trajectory of Linda Williamson Nelson’s writing life and how it resists submission to discrete benchmarks. Although her writing voice has increased in volume to an amplified resistance, Nelson believed she was safer in silence than in the telling of familial legacies that marked her marginality. Her acquiescence to silence had little to do with any objective doubt of her ability to write; more likely, it reflected a latent recognition of the fundamental potential of words to challenge and inscribe an unauthorized and unruly truth. Before Nelson could work the craft in this singular and personal rebellion, she lived as if exiled from her true home in words. This chapter discusses the beginning of all this when she was still a child in the South Bronx.

Keywords:   writing life, Linda Williamson Nelson, discrete benchmarks, writing voice, amplified resistance

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