Listening to the Page: Adventures in Reading and Writing

Listening to the Page: Adventures in Reading and Writing

by Alan Cheuse
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231122713

ISBN-13: 9780231122719

Pub. Date: 09/18/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

When he sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1979, Alan Cheuse was hardly new to the literary world. He had studied at Rutgers under John Ciardi, worked at the Breadloaf Writing Workshops with Robert Frost and Ralph Ellison, written hundreds of reviews for Kirkus Reviews, and taught alongside John Gardner and Bernard Malamud at Bennington

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When he sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1979, Alan Cheuse was hardly new to the literary world. He had studied at Rutgers under John Ciardi, worked at the Breadloaf Writing Workshops with Robert Frost and Ralph Ellison, written hundreds of reviews for Kirkus Reviews, and taught alongside John Gardner and Bernard Malamud at Bennington College for nearly a decade. Soon after the New Yorker story appeared, Cheuse wrote a freelance magazine piece about a new, publicly funded broadcast network called National Public Radio, and a relationship of reviewer and radio was born.

In Listening to the Page, Alan Cheuse takes a look back at some of the thousands of books he has read, reviewed, and loved, offering retrospective pieces on modern American literary figures such as Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Bernard Malamud, and John Steinbeck, as well as contemporary writers like Elizabeth Tallent and Vassily Aksyonov. Other essays explore landscape in All the Pretty Horses, the career of James Agee, Mario Vargas Llosa and naturalism, and the life and work of Robert Penn Warren.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231122719
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Started; or, Two Thousand BooksPart 1. Reading 1. Writing It Down for James: Some Thoughts on Reading Toward the Millennium2. Books in Flames: A View of Latin American Literature3. The Lost Books4. Hamlet in Haiti: Style in Carpentier's The Kingdom of This World5. Traces of Light: The Paradoxes of Narrative Painting and Pictorial Fiction6. Truth as Fiction: Or, the Tail of the Monstrous Peacock7. The Consolation of ArtPart 2. Rereading 8. You Can Read Wolfe Again9. Stories of Deep Delight10. Of Steinbeck and Salinas11. The Return of James Agee12. Mario Vargas Llosa and Conversation in the Cathedral: The Question of Naturalism13. Where Is She Going? Where Has She Been?: Elizabeth Tallent's "No One's a Mystery'' and the Poetry of Female Initiation14. A Wintry Saga15. Bernard and Juliet: Romance and Desire in Malamud's High Art16. Fitzgerald's Christmas Carol, or the Burden of "The Camel's Back''17. A Note on Landscape in All the Pretty Horses18. Rereading TravenPart 3. Writing 19. Confessions of an Ex-Minimalist20. On the Contemporary21. Of the Making of Books22. Voices: A Conversation

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