Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism
'Gossip of a higher sort' was how the incomparable John Updike described the art of the review. Here then is the last collection of his best, most dazzling gossip. Influential reviews of Toni Morrison, John le Carré and Ann Patchett and expert critique on exhibitions of El Greco, Van Gogh and Schiele are included alongside previously uncollected short stories, poems and essays on his 'pet topics'.
Following earlier prose collections More Matter and Due Considerations, Updike began compiling Higher Gossip shortly before his death in 2009. Displaying his characteristic humour and insight on subjects as varied as ageing, golf, dinosaurs, make-up and his own fiction, the delightful Higher Gossip bookends a legacy of over fifty celebrated titles.
This is essential reading for admirers of the deeply missed John Updike, and for any who profess a love for art and literature.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing
Published posthumously after Updike's death in 2009, this is a good collection of his essays, book reviews, and criticisms originally published in various sources (such as The New Yorker). Every ... Read full review
HIGHER GOSSIP: Essays and CriticismUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A potpourri of pieces from the busy pen of the gifted Updike (1932-2009), who shows that he could write convincingly about nearly anything.Using material the author left in a couple of boxes for just ... Read full review