More Matter: Essays and Criticism

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Random House Publishing Group, 3. 10. 2000. - 928 страница
In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each “an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried.” Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust—here is “more matter” commissioned by an age that, as the author remarks in his Preface, calls for “real stuff . . . not for the obliquities and tenuosities of fiction.” Still, the novelist’s shaping hand, his gift for telling detail, can be detected in many of these literary considerations. Books by Edith Wharton, Dawn Powell, John Cheever, and Vladimir Nabokov are incisively treated, as are biographies of Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth II, and Helen Keller. As George Steiner observed, Updike writes with a “solicitous, almost tender intelligence. The critic and the poet in him . . . are at no odds with the novelist; the same sharpness of apprehension bears on the object in each of Updike’s modes.”
 

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MORE MATTER: Essays and Criticism

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A strong gathering of essays, criticism, addresses, introductions, and autobiographical commentaries written and published over the past eight years. "Writing criticism," Updike explains in an earlier ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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MATTERS OF STATE
3
GENDER AND HEALTH
30
LiTERATURE
50
THE BURGLAR ALARM
72
THE GLITTERING CITY
79
GEOGRAPHICAL CALENDRICAL TOPICAL
97
INTRODUCTIONS
139
AMERICAN PAST MASTERS
214
Updike and I
757
Introduction to SelfSelected Stories
767
Foreword to Brother Grasshopper
773
Note on My Father on the Verge of Disgrace
776
Note for an Exhibit of New Yorker Cartoons
787
Christmas Cards
797
Reflections on Radio
803
Accepting the Bobst Award
810

NORTH AMERICAN CONTEMPORARIES
291
OVERSEAS
338
OTHER CONTINENTS
397
MEDLEYS
434
THINGS AS THEY
571
PHOTOS
595
MOVIES
641
Introduction to the Easton Press Edition of the Rabbit Novels
816
Special Message for the Franklin Library Edition of Memories
825
Special Message for the Franklin Library Edition
832
Foreword to the French Translation of Facing Nature
838
Index
857
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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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