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The Meaning of Recognition: New Essays, 2001-2005

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The essays collected here are testaments to Clive James' unique clarity of judgement over a wide range. Whether discussing Shakespeare, Primo Levi, W. B. Yeats, Philip Roth or Isaiah Berlin, he manages to prioritize style and substance simultaneously, his tone never less than pitch-perfect, his argument always considered. But he can do the same for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Each piece is written with the care of a poem and the exuberance of a public performance. The resulting volume - which takes the reader ...
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The essays collected here are testaments to Clive James' unique clarity of judgement over a wide range. Whether discussing Shakespeare, Primo Levi, W. B. Yeats, Philip Roth or Isaiah Berlin, he manages to prioritize style and substance simultaneously, his tone never less than pitch-perfect, his argument always considered. But he can do the same for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Each piece is written with the care of a poem and the exuberance of a public performance. The resulting volume - which takes the reader from London to Bali, from the theatre to the library, from pre-election campaigning to sitting in front of the TV at home, watching The Sopranos and The West Wing - is remarkable not only for its range and insight, but also its intimacy and honesty.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780330440288
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/5/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

The meaning of recognition 1
Polanski and the pianist 23
Fantasy in the west wing 29
Pushkin's deadly gift 43
Great Sopranos of our time 54
A memory called Malouf 65
The hidden art of Bing Crosby 81
Larkin treads the boards 92
The iron capital of Bruno Schulz 102
Criticism a la Kermode 108
Fast-talking dames 114
Rough guides to Shakespeare 124
General election sequence 134
Primo Levi and the painted veil 174
A big boutique of Australian essays 184
Slouching towards Yeats 194
Cyrano on the scaffold 200
A nightclub in Bali 210
Our first book 216
In memoriam Sarah Raphael 237
Aldous Huxley then and now 241
Formula zero 257
A man called Peter Porter 264
Weeping for London 282
Attack of the killer critics 287
Philip Roth's alternative America 291
The miraculous vineyard of Australian poetry 299
The university of the Holocaust 304
No way, Madame Bovary 312
The battle for Isaiah Berlin 323
Save us from celebrity 349
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