Sarah Manguso is the author of a memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay; two books of poetry, Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise; and a short story collection, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape. Her memoir, The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, is out in paperback from Picador.

The Dead

Sarah Manguso’s elegy follows a line of autobiographical writing devoted to other subjects. She picks her favorite examples of such works.