Tarja Rainio tarja.rainio at
Tue Dec 21 11:32:50 EST 1999

On Sun, 19 Dec 1999 02:34:39 PST Gili wrote:

>Tarja: I seem to remember you mentioned writing about "Transformations" for
>your thesis?

Yes, it's one of the books I'm using.

>I once audited a class where this was mentioned, and I remember the Prof.
>also mentioning an autobiography of Anne Sexton's daughter, who had a
>terrible relationship with her mother, which mentions this book - might be
>interesting to you. The daughter tells how once when she was young, she was
>reading a book of fairytales in the kitchen, and her mother came in and
>watched her, and asked her which were her favorite stories. Which pleased
>her at the time because it was an unusually warm interest from her mother.
>And then Anne Sexton went off and wrote "Transformations" which is basically
>a corruption of each of these stories, and a vicious thing to do to a child,
>if I'm rememberig the story correctly. The biography is apparently in the
>"mommy dearest" line.

That sounds interesting. I'll have to try to find it. Do you happen to
remember the name of the book? Thanks very much for the info!


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