Marvin Mudrick

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  • The Man in the Machine consists of new assessments of major writers and critics by the author of whose last book Roger Sale wrote: "T. S. Eliot was not so good a reviewer as Marvin Mudrick is."
  • The man the Village Voice called "the Mickey Spillane of Belles Lettres" and the Washington Post called a "literary curmudgeon, randy iconoclast, and a delight" outdoes himself in his fifth book, an outrageous and virtuoso display of literary and historical portraiture.
  • Mudrick Transcribed contains transcripts made in the early 1980s, when several students of Marvin Mudrick made tape-recordings of some of his classes and talks.
  • In this thoughtful appraisal of the novels and writings of Jane Austen, Mr. Mudrick shows her to be a writer of acute and irreverent sensibilities who, despite the constricted circumstances of her life, managed to create in her novels an enduring microcosm of the larger world.
  • 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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