A Noel Perrin Sampler

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This generous sampler contains 14 excerpts from A Passport Secretly Green , written while Perrin was a student at Cambridge in England in the 1950s. The essays reprinted here along with 11 new pieces showcase the author's quick wit, particularly endearing because he enjoys the joke that's on him. Perrin's uncommonly observant views educate as well as entertain. Most eloquent when discussing the English language, he also provokes thoughts on modern marriage, libraries, skiing duffers, New York's golden age, academe. It is difficult to choose a favorite from the rich selection, although ``Answers to Poets' Questions'' is a contender. There are delicious surprises in the piece as Perrin replies to Emily Dickinson's ``Are you nobody, too?'' and James Russell Lowell's ``And what is so rare as a day in June?'' (June)
Library Journal
In this book of previously uncollected essays, Perrin writes on such diverse topics as his experiences as a research assistant at Cambridge pursuing a dissertation topic on Henry James, the art of kicking pigeons, and suggestions for part-time togetherness as the answer to an enduring marriage. One especially noteworthy piece decries the transfer of newspapers and college catalogs to microfiche in libraries, an act that will change the library from a ``splendid, solemn, and silent house of books'' to a hellish place where one is assaulted by the din of machines. Perrin brings a subtle humor to these eclectic essays in addition to grace and insight, buttressed by a scholar's sense of history and love of language. Highly recommended for those seeking creative and unusual reading.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874516760
  • Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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