Inga Clendinnen, 16 March 2000
Show More Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography by Susanna Egan.
North Carolina, 275 pp., £39.95, September 1999, 0 8078 4782 8Show More
“... Some years ago, I heard the psychologist Jerome Bruner give a talk about a girl named Emily. At two, Emily was a virtuoso night talker: put to bed, storied, kissed and left, there would be a brief silence, and then the small voice would begin. It could go on for hours. Her loving, anxious parents installed a bug in her bed and recorded her talk – so much for infants’ right to privacy ...”