What Is a Book?

What Is a Book?

by David Kirby

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820324784
Publisher: Longleaf Services on Behalf of Univ of Georgia Pre
Publication date: 11/01/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DAVID KIRBY is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. He is the author of many books of poetry and criticism, including The Ha-Ha, My Twentieth Century, and What Is a Book? (Georgia). His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Southern Review, Paris Review, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
What Is a Reader?
What Is a Reader?
What Is a Writer?
What Is a Writer?
Breakfast with the Cumaean Sibyl, or A Poet's Education
Don't Know Much about History: Sameness versus Originality in Poetry
Is There a Southern Poetry?
The Poet as Pitchman: James Dickey, American Poet
What Is a Critic?
Emerson, Poe, and American Criticism in the Nineteenth Century
Slouching toward Baltimore: Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
What Is a Critic?
Mr. Post-Everything: The Life and Times of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
"The Thing You Can't Explain": Theory and the Unconscious
Reviewers in the Popular Press and Their Impact on the Novel
M. L. Rosenthal and Our Life in Poetry
What Is a Book?
Ghosts and Gadabouts: Gothic and Picaresque in the American Novel
Born in the Marketplace: The Emergence of the American Novel
It Isn't about America, It Is America: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
What Is a Book?
Bibliography
Index

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