More Matter: Essays and Criticism
Random House Publishing Group, 19. 2. 2009. - 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 CriticismКоментар посетиоца странице - Kirkus
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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One of the most annoying things about many of the reviews that accompanied the publication of More Matter in the fall of 1999 was the ungrateful tone of reviewers who complained about the heft, the ... Прочитајте целу рецензију
O VI E
P H O l O
Introduction to SelfSelected Stories
Foreword to Brother GPIIISBOPPHm
Note on ﬁlly Father on the Verge of Disgrace
Note for an ILrhibit ofNew Yorker Cartoons
AMERICAN PAST MASTERS
The KeyPeople 23 1
NORTH AMERICAN CONTEMPORARIES
E R S
E D L E Y
THINGS AS THEY
Reflections on Radio
Accepting the Bobst Award
Innoduction to the Easton Press Edition of the Rabbit Novels
Special Message for the Franklin Library Edition of Memories
Special rllessage for the Franklin Librmy Edition
Humor These Days