Books Are Not Life But Then What Is?

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Books Are Not Life But Then What Is?

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A collection such as Books Are Not Life, But Then What Is? is an invitation to meet some of them. We meet heroes and monsters and plenty of people in between: Chaucer, Pepys, Rochester, Boswell, Jane Austen (and Anne Elliot), Dickens (and Pecksniff), Pushkin, Tolstoy, Kafka, Edmund Wilson, and many other novelists, scholars, and critics.

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Reviews

  1. James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

    “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.”

  2. from the introduction by Jervey Tervalon

    “His courses were explosions of conversations. He would discuss Chaucer and segue into Anthony Trollope and Jane Austen as though this was more important and exciting than anything we’d ever experience in life. I had read almost nothing he brought up but he made me want to read it all. I wanted to be there. I didn’t want to miss anything.”

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Marvin Mudrick insists on seeing authors and their characters as people. He describes and judges them frankly as we do when we tell our friends about people we want to, or have to, spend time with. A collection such as this is an invitation to meet some of them. We meet heroes and monsters and plenty of people in between: Chaucer, Pepys, Rochester, Boswell, Jane Austen (and Anne Elliot), Dickens (and Pecksniff), Pushkin, Tolstoy, Kafka, Edmund Wilson, and many other novelists, scholars, and critics. We get to know them, so vivid are Mudrick’s quotation and commentary. Essay after essay demonstrates that good criticism is itself good life and good literature.

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Volumes

1

ISBN

9781614728863

Format

Pages

350

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