Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands

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Open Road Media, Dec 20, 2011 - Literary Collections - 226 pages
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In these lively critical and personal essays, Chabon asserts his literary manifesto: “I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period.”
This collection of sixteen essays champions the cause of sci-fi and westerns, superheroes and horror shows, gumshoes and goblins—all the genre novels, comics, and pulp fiction that get pushed aside when literary discussion turns serious. For Chabon, the stories that give us great pleasure are in many ways our truest, best art—the building blocks of our shared imagination. Whether he’s taking up Superman or Sherlock Holmes, Poe or Proust, Chabon’s emphatic mission is to explore the reasons we tell each other tales, and to offer a glimpse of his own history as reader and writer. This ebook features a biography of the author.
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

We've got a kind of 'doth protest too much' thing going on here. Chabon claims to be writing simply to entertain, but his essays and novels are filled with literary allusions and philosophical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gregorio_Roth - LibraryThing

(A Short Review for a great book.) Great Read. Chabon an explorer of all genres of fiction, a great story teller, shares his map to Fictional Worlds: "It is along the knife border land between these ... Read full review

Contents

Thoughts on the Modern Short
Maps and Legends
On Sherlock Holmes
On Daemons Dust
On Cormac McCarthys The Road
Landsman of the Lost
Thoughts on the Death of Will Eisner
Diving into the Wreck
Imaginary Homelands
Have Known or Why My Elder Sons Middle
An Essay in Unitard Theory
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About the author (2011)

Michael Chabon (b. 1963) is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000). Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty-four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), which was a major critical and commercial success. He then published Wonder Boys (1995), another bestseller, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas. One of America’s most distinctive voices, Chabon has been called “a magical prose stylist” by New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament.

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