The collected essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

by Hardwick, Elizabeth,

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The first-ever collection of essays from across Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for decades.

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

Elizabeth Hardwick wrote during the golden age of the American literary essay. For Hardwick, the essay was an imaginative endeavor, a serious form, criticism worthy of the literature in question. In the essays collected here she covers civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, describes places where she lived and locations she visited, and writes about the foundations of American literature-Melville, James, Wharton-and the changes in American fiction, though her reading is wide and international. She contemplates writers' lives-women writers, rebels, Americans abroad-and the literary afterlife of biographies, letters, and diaries. Selected and with an introduction by Darryl Pinckney, the Collected Essays gathers more than fifty essays for a fifty-year retrospective of Hardwick's work from 1953 to 2003. "For Hardwick," writes Pinckney, "the poetry and novels of America hold the nation's history." Here is an exhilarating chronicle of that history.
Memoirs, conversations, and diaries
Anderson, Millay, and Crane in their letters
The subjection of women
George Eliot's husband
The neglected novels of Christina Stead
America and Dylan Thomas
The decline of book reviewing
William James : an American hero
Living in Italy : reflections on Bernard Berenson
Mary McCarthy
Loveless love : Graham Greene
The insulted and injured : books about poverty
Grub street : New York
Frost in his letters
Ring Lardner
Grub street : Washington
Selma, Alabama : the charms of goodness
After Watts
The apotheosis of Martin Luther King
Reflections on fiction
Dead souls : Ernest Hemingway
In Maine
Militant nudes
Sue and Arabella
Sad Brazil
Sense of the present
Simone Weil
Domestic manners
Wives and mistresses
Unknown Faulkner
Nabokov : master class
English visitors in America
Bartleby in Manhattan
Katherine Anne Porter
Sons of the city's pavements : Delmore Schwartz
The magical prose of poets : Elizabeth Bishop
The teller and the tape : Norman Mailer
The genius of Margaret Fuller
Gertrude Stein
The fictions of America
Mrs. Wharton in New York
On Washington Square
Wind from the prairie
Mary McCarthy in New York
Edmund Wilson
Paradise lost : Philip Roth
In the wasteland : Joan Didion
Tru confessions : Truman Capote
Locations : the landscapes of fiction
Melville in love
The torrents of Wolfe : Thomas Wolfe
The foster father : Henry James
Funny as a crutch : Nathanael West.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This fine, revealing career retrospective showcases the late Hardwick, a novelist and cofounder of the New York Review of Books, honing her favorite form, the literary review, to razor-sharp precision. Pinckney, her onetime student, has chosen certain essays, notably reflections on the civil rights era, to illustrate her work as a journalist; other pieces are meditations on place, both close to home (Maine) and far away (Brazil). But the bulk and best of the selections are considerations of literary greats, including Elizabeth Bishop, Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, and Edith Wharton. Reading straight through the chronologically ordered collection demonstrates Hardwick's development as an essayist. The early essays are witty, arch, and detached, attempts by an urban sophisticate at remaining unseduced by cultural trends such as new journalism. As Hardwick matures, her confident declarations begin to ring truer, her impressive grasp of the literary canon seems more thoughtful and less ornamental, and her insights grow in accuracy, humor, and heart. Curiously, while carefully and beautifully crafted, Hardwick's essays read more like accumulations of beautiful sentences than cohesive wholes, and rarely add up to a lasting impression. Nevertheless, this book contains ample examples of literary criticism that might be imitated or even matched but not surpassed in its style, insight, and genuine love for literature. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series New York Review Books classics.
Subjects Essays.
Publisher New York :New York Review Books,2017
Other Titles Essays.
Contributors Pinckney, Darryl, 1953- editor.
Language English
Description xix, 610 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781681371542
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