Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 8, 2003 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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From the esteemed cultural critic and journalist Wendy Lesser, Nothing Remains the Same is a bibliophile's dream: a book about the pleasures and surprises of rereading, a witty, intelligent exploration of what books can mean to our lives. Compared with reading, the act of rereading is far more personal -- it involves the interaction of our past selves, our present selves, and literature. With candor, humor, and grace, Lesser takes us on a guided tour of her own return to books she once knew, from the plays of Shakespeare to twentieth-century novels by Kingsley Amis and Ian McEwan, from the childhood favorite I Capture the Castle to classic novels such as Anna Karenina and Huckleberry Finn, from nonfiction by Henry Adams to poetry by Wordsworth. Lesser conveys an infectious love of reading and inspires us all to take another look at the books we've read to find the unexpected treasures they might offer.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

The title, Nothing Remains the Same comes from a letter Mark Twain wrote to William Dean Howells in 1887. What he is referring to is also the premise of Lesser's book - rereading a book at a different ... Read full review

NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME: Rereading and Remembering

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Now nearing 50, literary critic Lesser (The Amateur, 1999, etc.) revisits books she loved in her youth and asks: What kind of person was I then? What have I become? To what extent—if any—did ... Read full review


The First Novel
Recollected in Tranquillity
An Education
A Young Womans Mistakes
All Kinds of Madness
A Small Masterpiece
The Tree of Knowledge
McEwan inTime
The Strange Case of Huck and Jim
A Literary Career
Hitchcocks Vertigo
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The Face Behind the Page
Late Shakespeare

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About the author (2003)

Wendy Lesser is the author of His Other Half: Men Looking at Women through Art; Pictures at an Execution; A Director Calls (Faber and Faber, UK, 97), a biography of Stephen Daldry; and The Amateur, an intellectual biography exploring the intersection of art and experience (Pantheon, 99). A winner of the Pen/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing in 1997, Lesser was also editor of Hiding in Plain Sight: Essays in Criticism and Autobiography.

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