Library JournalCompleting the trilogy begun with We Irish ( LJ 9/15/86) and Reading America ( LJ 9/15/87), this book presents over 20 previously uncollected pieces (mostly review essays), including five interesting essays on the English language and others that deal with English authors from Shakespeare to the present. Whether discussing fiction ( Moll Flanders, Tristram Shandy, The Good Soldier, the work of Wyndham Lewis, Peter Ackroyd's Chatterton ), poetry (Shelley, Hopkins, Eliot), criticism (Arnold, Pater, Leavis), Lawrence's letters, or Raymond Williams's Towards 2000 , Donoghue illuminates his subjects and treats complex issues without pedantry or academic narrowness. A valuable book for intelligent readers. Richard Kuczkowski, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
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