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Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism

Hugging the Shore Essays and Criticism Since the novelist and poet has been reviewing books for the New Yorker and the reviews of the last eight years make up the bulk of this volume Authors include Edmund Wilson Vladimir Nabokov F

  • Title: Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780140175196
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 1960 the novelist and poet has been reviewing books for the New Yorker, and the reviews of the last eight years make up the bulk of this volume Authors include Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Muriel Spark, Anne Tyler, Italo Calvino, Henry Green, Robert Pinget, L.E Sissman, R.K Narayan and Roland Barthes He also writes of actresses Louise Brooks andSince 1960 the novelist and poet has been reviewing books for the New Yorker, and the reviews of the last eight years make up the bulk of this volume Authors include Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Muriel Spark, Anne Tyler, Italo Calvino, Henry Green, Robert Pinget, L.E Sissman, R.K Narayan and Roland Barthes He also writes of actresses Louise Brooks and Doris Day and golfers Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer.

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    1. John Updike

      John Hoyer Updike was an American writer Updike s most famous work is his Rabbit series Rabbit, Run Rabbit Redux Rabbit Is Rich Rabbit At Rest and Rabbit Remembered Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike Describing his subject as the American small town, Protestant middle class, Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children s books Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker since the 1950s His works often explore sex, faith, and death, and their inter relationships.He died of lung cancer at age 76.

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    1. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” - John Updike Similar to classical violinists taking a master class with Itzhak Perlman, similar to generations of painters sitting at their easel before a Leonardo da Vinci, those of us reading and writing book reviews can likewise learn a great deal from an accomplished master of the craft. Hugging the Shore – Essays and Criticism by John Updike contains dozens and dozens of provocative, extraordinarily well-written [...]


    2. I've been periodically dipping into this book for months now and finally I feel as though I've read, if not every word, at least enough of them to have formed an opinion. Although I must say that writing a review of a book by John Updike in which he reviewed and offered criticism of the work of other writers is a rather daunting prospect.Updike was, of course, a famous reviewer of books, especially for The New Yorker, in his day. This particular collection was published in 1983 and it won the Na [...]


    3. so the content here (and my god but there's a lot of it) is of a superior quality. i went into this somewhat suspicious of john updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, given DFW's enmity in the NYO and especially that abominable cover picture, which quite aside from being a dead ringer for john kerry, is simply the new england faggiest thing upon which my eyes've ever lain (odd for a man whose question for "one neighbor's wife" in interviews with insufficiently famous americans (an otherwise choic [...]


    4. To truly appreciate the sensitive, playful intelligence that was John Updike, you need to read some of his essays and criticism. You learn far more about whatever Updike is reviewing than you would have imagined possible in just a few pages. His density of information and sharp eye for all details amazes. I think Updike was the best and most intellectually entertaining critics that this country has ever produced.


    5. I think I picked up this tome in the early 1980s and I was able to glean from it many of the authors I have read since then: Murdoch, Spark, Calvino, Eco et al




    6. Hugely wonderful. Throughout his criticism, Updike has so many wonderful and useful insights for a writer. Best book of criticism I've come across.



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