The Black Veil: A Memoir with DigressionsBy Rick Moody
- Author: Rick Moody
- Binding: Hardcover
- Published: 2002-05-01
- Edition: First Edition
Woven through his own story, Moody also traces his family's paternal line, looking for clues to his own melancholy -- in particular to one ancestor, Reverend Joseph Moody, about whom Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote an archetypal story of shame called "The Minister's Black Veil." In a brilliant display that is no less than a literary tour de force, Moody ties past and present, family legend, and serious scholarship into a book that will draw comparisons not just to recent memoirs by Dave Eggers and Martin Amis but to forebears like Nabokov's Speak, Memory.