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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... look of horror on the face of the scandalized driver; clearly, we were jeopardizing his position in a chain of command where one did not take unspecified initiatives. He was afraid. He knew what he was, a driver and not a repairman, ...
In the middle class, the young, reared on seven daily hours of television-watching, are simply less educable, as slumping SAT scores show. 'l'heir high schools no longer look like castles but. THE STATE OF THE UNION, AS OF MARCH I992 2 ...
'l'heir high schools no longer look like castles but like second-rate airports, low-slung and cut-rate, while the society's riches are reserved, in a curious gerontocratic shift, to the old, with their Social Security, their pensions, ...
... whose turns were so violent the lady was sometimes lifted off her feet. The volta was considered impolite until Queen Elizabeth I herself danced it. Dance and indecency go hand in hand. Look at go-go, exotic, and belly dancers.
Bare feet, over a summer, take on a two-tone look, the insteps and toes tanning but the tougher sides, heels, and soles resisting the sun's delicate dye. Tanned toes! And the little blush of pink that appears on the thin skin beneath ...
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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