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Fame and Folly: Essays

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From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between life and art. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays. Written with wit and passion, they touch on the inmost identity of literature and the literary artist - with biographical, historical, and psychological overtones. T. S. Eliot sympathizes with fascists, Isaac Babel rides with Red Cossacks -...
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Overview

From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between life and art. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays. Written with wit and passion, they touch on the inmost identity of literature and the literary artist - with biographical, historical, and psychological overtones. T. S. Eliot sympathizes with fascists, Isaac Babel rides with Red Cossacks - yet both are luminous shapers of modernism. Modernism itself is resisted by the American cultural establishment. Henry James, magisterial psychologist, remains at the mercy of his own mysterious psyche. Anthony Trollope's masterliness is obscured, first by charges of writing too much and too fast, and then by cultism. Salman Rushdie's gifts are assailed amid bitter contemporary controversy. And the secret pulse of ambition and loss is exposed in the brokenhearted waywardness of the once-celebrated and now nearly forgotten writer Alfred Chester.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Entries on T.S. Eliot and Saul Bellow are the highlights of the latest collection from the master essayist. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679767541
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick
Long regarded as one of the country’s foremost literary luminaries, CYNTHIA OZICK attracts as much praise for her morally rigorous essays as for her satirically witty fiction. Counted among her impressive works of fiction are The Shawl (1989), which won an O. Henry Prize for both short stories that comprise it. She is a Man Booker International Prize nominee as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 T. S. Eliot At 101: "The Man Who Suffers and the Mind Which Creates" 3
2 Alfred Chester's Wig: Images Standing Fast 50
3 Our Kinsman, Mr. Trollope 92
4 What Henry James Knew 101
5 Isaac Babel and the Identity Question 129
6 George Steiner and the Errata of History 147
7 Mark Twain's Vienna 151
8 Saul Bellow's Broadway 171
9 Rushdie in the Louvre 185
10 Of Christian Heroism 198
11 Existing Things 208
12 The Break 211
13 Old Hand as Novice 215
14 Seymour: Homage to a Bibliophile 220
15 Helping T. S. Eliot Write Better (Notes Toward A Definitive Bibliography) 226
16 Against Modernity: Annals of the Temple, 1918-1927 236
17 "It Takes a Great Deal of History to Produce a Little Literature" 280
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