Many Circles: New and Selected Essays
Many Circles collects the best of Goldbarth's three earlier essay collections, along with several new pieces. Goldbarth, whom Joyce Carol Oates has called "a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart," weaves through an array of fascinating topics (including alien life, Jewish history, pop culture, ancient and recent events, and quantum physics) to explore the greater questions of our existence and our universe. Each essay, in language and topic, is a rich and extraordinary adventure, full of surprise and epiphany. As Robert Atwan, editor of The Best American Essays series, has noted: "Theses essays are a whole new breed . . . Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new gene—and the results are miraculous."
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MANY CIRCLES: New and Selected EssaysUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
For those who think clearly written prose is for sissies, Goldbarth is back—with a representative essay collection that both dazzles and stupefies with its complications. Winner of the National Book ... Read full review
Many Circles: new & selected essaysUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Poet and essayist Goldbarth (Troubled Lovers in History: A Sequence of Poems; Beyond: Poems) is known for his eclectic, circuitous style. In one essay, you may find his father painting a paint-by ... Read full review