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Ricks, Christopher, 1933-
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New York : Handsel Books, [2001]

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viii, 386 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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This book collects fifty of Christopher Ricks' reviews from newspapers and journals on both sides of the Atlantic--TLS, London Review of Books, The New Statesman, The Sunday Times (London), The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and others--to several of which he has been a regular contributor. The book's five sections range around the twentieth century, addressing major figures in biography (Ackroyd, Edel, Ellmann, Mailer), poetry and fiction (Heaney, Hemingway, Milosz, Naipaul, Pound), literary criticism and theory (Davie, Empson, Fiedler, Fish, Leavis, Sartre), sociology and cultural studies (Goffman, Milgram, Steiner), and various non-literary arts (the Beatles, Steinberg, Coppola, Kubrick, Wiseman). The questions at the heart of Ricks' work as reviewer have always been essential ones: What can we learn from this book? How good and how pleasing is it? How might it have been better? Radiantly intelligent, learned, witty, and rigorously attentive to how words are used and to the arguments they are used to make, Christopher Ricks is for many the best critic now writing in English. "Reading Professor Ricks' comments and observations convinces me that he is exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding." --W.H. Auden "Like perfect goodness or perfect disinterestedness, the perfect review is an impossible ideal. Of all the people I know, Christopher Ricks has come the closest to achieving it." --Wendy Lesser, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Table of Contents

Robert Bernard MartinPaul DelanyRichard EllmannLeon EdelMiranda SeymourPeter AckroydChristopher SykesBrendan BehanNorman MailerErving GoffmanJennifer PlattStanley MilgramNorman PodhoretzGeorge SteinerJohn Crowe RansomF. R. LeavisW. K. WimsattWilliam EmpsonJean-Paul SartreLeslie FiedlerDonald DavieStanley FishPhilip LarkinErnest HemingwayIvy Compton-BurnettChristina SteadBrian MooreBrian MooreKingsley AmisV. S. Naipaullan McEwanDonald DavieDonald DavieSeamus HeaneySeamus HeaneySeamus HeaneyMarshall McLuhanRichard WhelanSamuel BeckettPhilip NormanJohn SparrowSaul SteinbergStanley KubrickFrancis Ford CoppolaFrederick Wiseman
Publisher's Note
Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Very Private Lifep. 3
Henry James: Letters Vol. III, 1883-1895p. 11
Henry James: Letters Vol. IV, 1895-1916p. 15
The Neo-Pagans: Rupert Brooke and the Ordeal of Youthp. 18
James Joycep. 22
Bloomsbury: A House of Lionsp. 34
Ottoline Morrell: Life on the Grand Scalep. 40
Cyril Connolly: Journal and Memoirp. 48
J. B. Yeats: Letters to His Son W. B. Yeats and Others, 1869-1922p. 48
T. S. Eliotp. 59
Evelyn Waughp. 69
The Scarperer and Hold Your Hour and Have Anotherp. 73
The Executioner's Songp. 79
Forms of Talkp. 93
Realities of Social Research: An Empirical Study of British Sociologistsp. 102
Obedience to Authorityp. 113
Making Itp. 124
In Bluebeard's Castlep. 130
Selected Essaysp. 141
The Living Principle: 'English' as a Discipline of Thoughtp. 147
Day of the Leopardsp. 155
Using Biographyp. 159
Saint Genetp. 168
What Was Literature? Class Culture and Mass Societyp. 174
Trying to Explainp. 182
Is There a Text in This Class?p. 192
Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982p. 201
Novelists and Poets
Islands in the Streamp. 213
The Last and the Firstp. 220
The Man Who Loved Childrenp. 229
The Emperor of Ice-Creamp. 234
The Mangan Inheritancep. 240
One Fat Englishmanp. 250
The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sectionsp. 256
The Comfort of Strangersp. 266
Ezra Pound: Poet as Sculptorp. 276
Czeslaw Milosz and the Insufficiency of Lyricp. 281
Death of a Naturalistp. 286
Door into the Darkp. 290
Field Workp. 293
Other Arts
Understanding Mediap. 303
Robert Capa: A Biographyp. 311
The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: The Shorter Playsp. 315
Shout! The True Story of the Beatlesp. 329
Visible Words: A Study of Inscriptions in and as Books and Works of Artp. 333
The Discovery of Americap. 338
A Clockwork Orangep. 348
The Conversationp. 359
Blind. Deaf. Adjustment and Work. Multi-handicappedp. 366
Indexp. 379