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"An austerely spirited piece of writing, mixing memory and reflection, autobiographical narrative, and intellectual substance in a fresh way". -- Irving Howe"Altogether remarkable ... Donoghue is one of the ablest critics writing today .... As an unexpected story of total love between a father and a son, it is wonderful that the son could write it". -- The New Republic

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Much has been written about the life of the mind, but rarely to such effect as in this book. Donoghue is a scholar of international prestige whose comments on his native Ireland have until now been ... Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

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