A critic's notebook
This collection of accessible, idiosyncratic essays explores such enduring literary concepts as character, style, tone, and genre. All have their origin in Howe's passion, moral striving, and abiding faith in the common reader. Edited and with an Introduction by Nicholas Howe.
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A distinguished teacher and literary/social critic, Howe left, upon his death in 1993, a group of brief, informal, exuberant, thought-provoking essays (he called them shtiklakh, or morsels) on character, history, tone, and style in the great novels. These 20 astonishingly erudite but unintimidating essays reveal Howe's informed passion for Tolstoy, Dickens, Henry James, and George Eliot. He writes in clear, luminous prose on such subjects as the Common Reader, the idea of the self, taste, Naturalism, obscurity in fiction, and the use of gratuitous detail in novels. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the 19th- and 20th-century novel-and anyone who loves to watch an independent, first-rate mind at work.-Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, Mo.
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This is the first full-length work of straight-up literary criticism that I've read since college. It's been sitting on my shelves for nearly that long, and I got sucked into it almost without ...
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