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Title:
The power of delight : a lifetime in literature : essays, 1962-2002
Author:
Bayley, John, 1925-2015.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [2005]

©2005
Physical Description:
xvii, 677 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
I: English literature. The genius of Shandy Hall : Laurence Sterne ; Double life : Jane Austen ; Best and worst : Charles Dickens ; Living with Trollope : Anthony Trollope ; Eminent Victorian : George Eliot ; The two Hardys : Thomas Hardy ; The King's trumpeter : Rudyard Kipling ; Life in the head : John Cowper Powys ; Nothing nasty in the woodshed : P. G. Wodehouse ; Like ink and milk : D. H. Lawrence ; Baby face : William Gerhardie ; The last Puritan : George Orwell ; Mr. Toad : Evelyn Waugh ; God's Greene : Graham Greene -- II: The English poets. Family man : William Wordsworth ; Unmisgiving : John Keats ; The all-star Victorian : Alfred, Lord Tennyson ; An art of self-discovery : Edward Thomas ; Fun while it lasted : Rupert Brooke ; Gallant pastiche : Cecil Day Lewis ; The best of Betjeman : John Betjeman ; The flight of the disenchanter : W. H. Auden ; The last romantic : Philip Larkin -- III: Mother Russia. Cutting it short : Alexander Pushkin ; Under the overcoat : Nikolai Gogol ; The strengths of his passivity : Ivan Turgenev ; An excellent man : Anton Chekhov ; The backward look : Ivan Bunin ; Poems with a heroine : Anna Akhmatova ; A poet's tragedy : Marina Tsvetaeva ; On the horse parsnip : Boris Pasternak ; The hard hitter : Isaac Babel ; A prig of genius : Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -- IV: American poetry. Songs of a furtive self : Walt Whitman ; Mothermonsters and fatherfigures : E. E. Cummings ; Lowellship : Robert Lowell ; "One life, one writing" : James Merrill ; Richly flows contingency : John Ashbery -- V: Out of Eastern Europe. The power of delight : Bruno Schulz ; Something childish : Witold Gombrowicz ; Poet of holy dread : Paul Celan ; The art of austerity : Zbigniew Herbert ; Return of the native : Czeslaw Milosz -- VI: Aspects of novels. The point of novels ; Gossip in fiction ; Little green crabs : Marcel Proust ; The order of battle at Trafalgar ; In which we serve : Patrick O'Brian ; Seer of the ego : Stendhal ; What will you do to keep the ship from foundering? : Joseph Conrad ; Look here, Mr. Goodwood ; In praise of the amateur approach ; Death and the Dichter : Robert Musil ; Fighting for the Crown : Angela Carter -- VII: Correspondences. Sons and brothers : Henry James and William James ; Milan Kundera and Jane Austen ; Balzac possessed : Honoré de Balzac and Roland Barthes ; A complex relationship : Alexander Pushkin and Lord Byron ; Doubles : Fyodor Dostoevsky and J. M. Coetzee ; The war between the diaries : Leo Tolstoy and Sofia Tolstoy -- VIII: How it strikes a contemporary. Conducting the music : Books do furnish a room, by Anthony Powell ; Proud prisoner : The Gulag archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ; Too good for this world : High windows, by Philip Larkin ; From the ridiculous to the ridiculous : Napoleon Symphony, by Anthony Burgess ; Moral magic : Darkness visible, by William Golding ; Professional strategies : The world, the text, and the critic, by Edward W. Said ; Writeabout : The songlines, by Bruce Chatwin ; Country life : The enigma of arrival, by V. S. Naipaul ; Class act : Palimpsest, by Gore Vidal.
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ISBN:
9780393058406
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Book

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