In the tradition of Matthew, Arnold, and Edmund Wilson, James Wood reads literature expansively, always pursuing its role in our lives. In a series of long essays, The Broken Estate explores the work of some of the greatest writers—from Austen, Flaubert, and Woolf, to Pynchon, Updike, and Morrison. In his introduction—"The Limits of Not Quite"— Wood writes that "distinctions between literary belief and religious belief are important, and it is because I believe in that importance that I am attracted to writers who struggle with those distinctions." A new essay on "Shakespeare in Bloom" is included in the Modern Library paperback edition.
About the Author:
James Wood was born in Durham, England in 1965, and has been a full-time literary critic since leaving Cambridge University, first at The Guardian in London, and currently at The New Republic. His essays and reviews have appeared in a number of other publications, including The New Yorker and The London Review of Books.
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About the Author
JAMES WOOD is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. He is the author of two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, and a novel, The Book Against God.