William Carlos Williams | Critical Essay by Joseph M. Gratto

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of William Carlos Williams.
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Critical Essay by Joseph M. Gratto

SOURCE: "An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' 'Mind and Body'," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 22, No. 3, Summer, 1985, pp. 347-51.

In the essay below, Gratto details the autobiographical, medical, and literary components of "Mind and Body."

William Carlos Williams' short story "Mind and Body" takes a vignette about a woman who obviously fascinated Williams, melds it with the substance of a chapter from a highly popular medical book of the depression era, and illustrates in a very effective literary way the main elements of an important medical issue—the relationship of psychiatric medicine to general practice.

The case of Martha Darby, first mentioned by Williams in his essay "Jataqua," provides the general biographical outlines of a character whom Williams would subsequently develop into the central figure in "Mind and Body."

Intelligent, our girls are, their minds are...

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