Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 30, 2003 - Literary Collections - 240 pages
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Intimate, humorous, and insightful, Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the Washington Post and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. From a first reading of Beckett and Faulkner at the feet of an inspirational high-school English teacher to a meeting of the P. G. Wodehouse Society, from an obsession with Nabokov's Lolita to the discovery of the Japanese epic The Tale of Genji, these essays chronicle a lifetime of literary enjoyment.
 

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READINGS: Essays and Literary Entertainments

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A delightful compendium of Dirda's most memorable Washington Post Book World essays revels in seven years' worth of bibliophilic passion. Although the 46 "literary entertainments" collected here range ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

One of those books that I’ve had to copy long passages from, whole chapters even. Don’t miss Vacation Reading, Talismans, and One More Modest Proposal. Read full review

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

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