Tuesdays With Morrie Study Guide
Introduction to Tuesdays With Morrie
Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 nonfiction novel by Mitch Albom. Albom, a former sports journalist, details the fourteen Tuesdays he spent with his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, leading up to Morrie’s death from ALS. Each of the fourteen sections of the novel represents one of Albom’s visits to Morrie, during which Morrie assumed the role of a teacher. Each section is framed as a different lesson about life, and the two men discuss a variety of topics, including death, regret, family, self-pity, forgiveness, and love.
Tuesdays with Morrie was met with critical and popular acclaim, and it was lauded for its inspirational themes and meaningful discussions about topics that are often considered taboo. Furthermore, not only did the novel launch Albom’s career as a popular novelist, but it also accomplished his goal of immortalizing Morrie’s insights. Morrie Schwartz’s views on death, dying, and his own legacy are uniquely informed by his foreknowledge of his own impending death, and his insightful lessons are lovingly transcribed by his dutiful disciple, Albom. Though it deals with dark and often tragic subjects, the novel itself is uplifting and inspirational, reinforcing the values of self-reflection, good humor, and interpersonal connections.
A Brief Biography of Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom (born 1958) is an American author, musician, playwright, and journalist. Born in 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey, Albom’s parents were supportive of their children’s goals, and they encouraged all of their children to travel and pursue their dreams. While living in New York, he began writing for local newspapers and magazines, eventually going on to earn a graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Albom began his writing career by covering sporting events, working as a freelance contributor for publications such as Sports Illustrated. His first nonfiction book, a biography of college football coach Bo Schembechler, was published in 1989. Albom rapidly rose to literary prominence following the publication of his 1997 nonfiction novel, Tuesdays With Morrie. The novel was a personal pursuit for Albom, who had been a student of the titular Morrie Schwartz during his undergraduate years at Brandeis University. Critics praised Albom’s inspirational and thoughtful ruminations on topics such as marriage, illness, death, hope, and friendship. His subsequent fiction and nonfiction works have also engaged with these themes, in addition to topics related to Albom’s Jewish heritage.