Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

by Michael Dirda
     
 

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Intimate, humorous, and insightful, Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the Washington Post and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. From a first reading of Beckett and Faulkner at the feet of an inspirational high-school English teacher to a meeting of the P. G. Wodehouse Society, from an obsession with…  See more details below

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Intimate, humorous, and insightful, Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the Washington Post and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. From a first reading of Beckett and Faulkner at the feet of an inspirational high-school English teacher to a meeting of the P. G. Wodehouse Society, from an obsession with Nabokov's Lolita to the discovery of the Japanese epic The Tale of Genji, these essays chronicle a lifetime of literary enjoyment.

Editorial Reviews

Annie Proulx
“Michael Dirda may be as close to the ideal as we are likely to get.”
Harold Bloom
“Michael Dirda is a superb literary essayist, and Readings should provide deep delight for discerning readers.”
Library Journal
Since 1993, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Dirda, senior editor of the Washington Post Book World, has been beguiling readers with charming tales of a passionate life spent among books. This collection of Dirda's monthly "Readings" columns ranges over topics as diverse as book collecting, classic children's books (he is the former children's book editor at Book World), the intoxicating delights of reading The Tale of Genji, and the guilty pleasures of omnivorous reading. In rich and elegant prose, Dirda pens a poignant paean to his father, waxes wistful about turning 50, and muses mirthfully on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse and other comic writers. From the storehouse of his accumulated literary learning, Dirda happily shares a number of gems about the reading life. For example, on the pleasures of book reviewing he writes, "to open a new book tentatively, with indifference even, and to find oneself again yet again in thrall--to a writer's prose, to a thriller's plot, to a thinker's mind. Let the whole world crumble, so long as I can read another page." Dirda both instructs and entertains with his delightful wit and his zestful insight. Anyone who loves books is bound to love Dirda. Highly recommended.--Henry Carrigan, Lancaster, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A delightful compendium of Dirda's most memorable Washington Post Book World essays revels in seven years' worth of bibliophilic passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324891
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
345,711
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at theWashington Post Book World, is the author ofAn Open Book,Bound to Please, andReadings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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