The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature
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The Breaking of Style: Hopkins, Heaney, Graham
Vendler’s masterful study of changes in style yields a new view of the interplay of moral, emotional, and intellectual forces in a poet’s work. Throughout, Vendler reminds us that what distinguishes successful poetry is a mastery of language at all levels—including the rhythmic, the grammatical, and the graphic.
On Histories and Stories: Selected Essays
In a series of essays on the complicated relations between reading, writing, and remembering, A. S. Byatt sorts the modish from the merely interesting and the truly good to arrive at a new view of British writing in our time. Whether writing about the renaissance of the historical novel, discussing her own translation of historical fact into fiction, or exploring the recent European revival of interest in myth, folklore, and fairytale, Byatt’s abiding concern here is with the interplay of fiction and history.
Consciousness and the Novel: Connected Essays
How does the novel represent consciousness? And how has this changed over time? In a series of interconnected essays, David Lodge pursues these questions down various paths. In essays on Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Henry James, John Updike, and Philip Roth, and in reflections on his own practice as a novelist, Lodge is able to bring to light—and to engaging life—the technical, intellectual, and sometimes simply mysterious working of the creative mind.
When a master novelist, essayist, and critic searches for the wellsprings of his own work, where does he turn? Mario Vargas Llosa—Peruvian writer, presidential contender, and public intellectual—answers this most personal question with elegant concision in this collection of essays.
Confessions of a Young Novelist
Umberto Eco published his first novel, The Name of the Rose, in 1980, when he was nearly fifty. In these “confessions” the author, now in his late seventies, looks back on his long career as a theorist and his more recent work as a novelist and explores their fruitful conjunction. This book takes readers on a tour of Eco’s own creative method.
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