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Novels 1956–1964: Seize the Day / Henderson the Rain King / Herzog

Novels 1956–1964: Seize the Day / Henderson the Rain King / Herzog

2007 ·
·4.16·90 Ratings ·793 Pages
“ Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful. ” ― George Bernard Shaw
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  • Novels 1944–1953: Dangling Man / The Victim / The Adventures of Augie March

    2003·
    ·4.29·142 Ratings
    Winner of the Nobel Prize and a towering figure of 20th-century literature, Saul Bellow secured his place as one of the most distinctive and significant writers of the postwar era with the publication of his third novel, The Adventures of Augie March. Thi
  • How Fiction Works

    2008·
    ·3.98·3,792 Ratings
    In the tradition of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel, How Fiction Works is a scintillating study of the magic of fiction--an analysis of its main elements and a celebration of its lasting power. Here one of the
  • Selected Short Stories

    1971·
    ·3.88·809 Ratings
    Presents fourteen short stories, including "Love Among the Haystacks," "The Prussian Officer," "Odour of Chrysanthemums," "The Border Line, and "The Woman Who Rode Away"
  • The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief

    2000·
    ·4.07·268 Ratings
    This book recalls an era when criticism could change the way we look at the world. In the tradition of Matthew Arnold and Edmund Wilson, James Wood reads literature expansively, always pursuing its role and destiny in our lives. In a series of essays abou
  • The Book Against God

    2004·
    ·3.15·188 Ratings
    Thomas Bunting while neglecting his philosophy Ph.D., still unfinished after seven years, is secretly writing what he hopes will be his masterwork--a vast atheistic project to be titled The Book Against God. In despair over his failed academic career and
  • The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel

    2005·
    ·4.12·189 Ratings
    "James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true. He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity."--Cynthia OzickFollowing the collection The Broken Estate--which established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation-
  • The Golovlyov Family

    2001·
    ·4.03·1,533 Ratings
    Searingly hot in the summer, bitterly cold in the winter, the ancestral estate of the Golovlyov family is the end of the road. There Anna Petrovna rules with an iron hand over her servants and family-until she loses power to the relentless scheming of her
  • The Nearest Thing to Life

    2015·
    ·3.95·223 Ratings
    In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism, James Wood has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life. He argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our lives, and to rescue the textur
  • Herzog

    2003·
    ·3.78·15,526 Ratings
    This is the story of Moses Herzog, a great sufferer, joker, mourner, and charmer. Although his life steadily disintegrates around him - he has failed as a writer and teacher, as a father, and has lost the affection of his wife to his best friend - Herzog
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