Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-volume Literary Education : Essays on Great Writers and Their Books

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 525 pages
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Among the most enjoyable of literary critics, Michael Dirda combines erudition with enthusiasm, a taste for the outre and the forgotten, and a playful, understated wit. Like George Orwell or Gore Vidal, Dirda delights in popular genres, such as the detective novel and the ghost story, without neglecting the deeper satisfactions of sometimes-overlooked classics. This new work features scores of Dirda's most engaging essays, never previously collected in book form, all intended to introduce readers to wonderful writers, from the anecdotal Herodotus and James Boswell to the sensuous Colette and Steven Millhauser to such European masters as Joseph Roth, Flann O'Brien, and Penelope Fitzgerald. With his trademark enthusiasm, Dirda also explores The Arabian Nights, the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, the crime novels of Chester Himes and K. C. Constantine, and the worlds of Tarzan, Cormac McCarthy, and Proust. Bound to Please is a glorious celebration of just how much fun reading can be."
  

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Review: Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Was able to pull 20+ books to read from this (as if I needed to) and am curious to see how well they hold up to Dirda's amazingly written essays. Read full review

Review: Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education

User Review  - David Silva - Goodreads

I love Michael Dirda's books. I use them as pre nap inspiration. I read as I am falling asleep, short one page reviews that many times remind me of much loved writing and often lead me to new ... Read full review

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Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at thenbsp;Washington Post Book World, is the author ofnbsp;An Open Book,nbsp;Bound to Please, andnbsp;Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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