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Books are not life, but then, what is? / Marvin Mudrick.


New York : Oxford University Press, 1979.
ISBN 0195025083, 9780195025088

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Subjects Aufsatzsammlung.
Literatur.
Literature, Modern -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern.
LitteĢrature -- Histoire et critique.
USA.
Description x, 348 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date 1979.
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Marvin Mudrick insists on seeing authors and their characters as people. He describes and judges them frankly as we do when we tell our friends about people we want to, or have to, spend time with. A collection such as this is an invitation to meet some of them. We meet heroes and monsters and plenty of people in between: Chaucer, Pepys, Rochester, Boswell, Jane Austen (and Anne Elliot), Dickens (and Pecksniff), Pushkin, Tolstoy, Kafka, Edmund Wilson, and many other novelists, scholars, and critics. We get to know them, so vivid are Mudrick's quotation and commentary. Essay after essay demonstrates that good criticism is itself good life and good literature. - Jacket flap.
Contents 1. People: just like you and me: The emperor of China -- Su cosa mi cosa: or, Busy busy busy -- The offending member -- The entertainer -- I don't care what Mama don't allow -- Pushkin in English -- The ugly duck -- Father knows best -- Portnoy's bachelor uncle -- Aged eagles and dirty old men -- Issues and answers; or, If you've tried it don't knock it -- The smell of mortality -- 2. Scholars: the soft recesses of uneasy minds: The blind men and the elephant -- Twenty-three stone-deaf theologians -- 3. Operators: if they don't like it here why don't they go back where they came from?: Adorable ideas and absent plenitudes -- Mad dogs and Anglo shrinks -- A thrust in the hand is worth two in the bush -- 4. Books in bunches: The fox and the grapes: Old pros with news from nowhere -- Fiction and truth -- 5. Four ways of looking: books are not life but then what is?: Chamber of horrors -- Good and proper (1) -- Good and proper (II) -- Mrs. Harris and the hend of all things.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)4496679
(OCoLC)ocm04496679
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WorldCat Identities Mudrick, Marvin.
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