“Ferocious, funny, and fearlessly honest,” writes James Wolcott, culture critic at Vanity Fair

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“Ferocious, funny, and fearlessly honest,” writes James Wolcott, culture critic at Vanity Fair

Berkshire Publishing is proud to reintroduce Marvin Mudrick, a prominent literary critic still much admired, with this collection of five books of lively, enjoyable, and often hilarious essays and a magnificent posthumously published volume that was praised by Pauline Kael in the New Yorker: “I can’t imagine a better book on how an inspired teacher’s mind works; Mudrick’s easy rhythms make you aware of how he arrives at the humor that shoots up, geyser after geyser. You know at once why his students would be swept along by his words—he’s thinking on his feet, getting high on his thoughts.” His books are Berkshire’s first venture into the humanities.

Mudrick’s voice and ideas have remained vivid, and Berkshire’s CEO Karen Christensen (College of Creative Studies ’81)  will be speaking at the UC Santa Barbara Old Little Theater, at 5:00 PM on 29 January 2018 as part of the 50th anniversary of the College of Creative Studies (details below).

“A one-man commando squad and independent operator, Marvin Mudrick was the most maverick literary critic of his time and ours—ferocious, funny, and fearlessly honest.” —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

Click below to learn more and order your copy today:

 

The Maverick Who Started This

UC Santa Barbara Old Little Theater, at 5:00 PM on 29 January 2018

Karen Christensen (’81) will talk about Marvin Mudrick as a teacher and writer, and about the College as a feat of imagination and determination, arguing that his vision for undergraduate education in the arts and the sciences provides a model for the 21st century.

Karen Christensen is an environmentalist, publisher, and author who chose UC Santa Barbara over Yale because of Marvin Mudrick. He asked her to teach a course on literary letters; a few years later she worked on the T. S. Eliot Letters in London.

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About the Author:

Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.

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