It was brought to my attention recently in the course of a conversation with a friend that John Berger, the Arts Writer who wrote Ways of Seeing, had written a novel. In it he had used a family tragedy concerning his daughter-in-law. This resulted in his son’s estrangement from him.
Although I am uncertain about the accuracy of this statement, it still gave me an insight into the negative reactions I might expect to the writing of an essay on the death of a relative. Many would agree that it is unacceptable to use one’s family’s tragedy in one’s writing; it shows little consideration. It shows insensitivity.Read More