Pieces of My Mind: Essays and Criticism 1958-2002 (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 6, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 480 pages
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Sir Frank Kermode has been writing peerless literary criticism for more than a half-century. Pieces of My Mind includes his own choice of his major essays since 1958, beginning with his extraordinary study of "Poet and Dancer Before Diaghilev" and ending with a marvelous consideration of Shakespeare's Othello and Verdi-Boito's Otello. Important essays on Hawthorne, on Wallace Stevens, on problems in literary theory and analysis, on Auden, on "Secrets and Narrative Sequence," and three previously unpublished essays (including one on "Memory" and one on "Forgetting") fill out this rich and rewarding volume. Pieces of My Mind also contains recent considerations of the work of major modern writers--Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, Tom Paulin, and others.

Of Kermode's last book, Shakespeare's Language, Richard Howard wrote that it was "a triumph of inauguration and the crowning action of his splendid career of criticism. It is, and will doubtless remain, the first book one should read about Shakespeare's plays, and with those plays." Pieces of My Mind has equal authority and power, and it will be equally praised.

  

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Distinguished scholar and critic Kermode here compiles 19 lectures and essays on a wide variety of literary topics, ranging from a study of typology in Nathaniel Hawthorne to the influence of ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Acknowledgements
Preface ESSAYS
Poet and Dancer Before Diaghilev
Between Time and Eternity
Solitary Confinement
The English Novel Circa 1907
Hawthorne and the Types
Wuthering Heights as a Classic
Cornelius and Voltemand
The Plain Sense of Things
Mixed Feelings
Eros Builder of Cities
Memory
Forgetting
NOTE 12 5
The Cambridge Connection

The Man in the Macintosh
Dwelling Poetically in Connecticut
Secrets and Narrative Sequence
Botticelli Recovered
Old and New Styles
Shakespeare and Boito
SHORTER NOTICES
Copyright

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Frank Kermode (1919-2010) is the author of many books, including Shakespeare's Language (FSG, 2000), Not Entitled (FSG, 1995), Forms of Attention, and The Sense of an Ending. He taught extensively in the United States, and lived in Cambridge, England.

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