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In this original collection, several of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books. Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa, while Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three of the greatest poets of the twentieth century exchanged love letters like no others. Here too John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius, Jonathan Lethem considers a hard-boiled and heartbreaking story of prison life, and Michael Cunningham uncovers the secrets of what may well be the finest short novel in modern American literature. Other contributors include such noted authors as Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Tóibín, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.

Lucid, polished, provocative, inspiring, these essays are models of critical appreciation, offering personal, impassioned, thoughtful responses to a wide range of wonderful books. Unknown Masterpieces is a treat for all lovers of great writing and a useful and stimulating guidebook for readers eager to venture off literature's beaten tracks.

Eliot Weinberger on Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley

Arthur C. Danto on The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

John Updike on Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

Jonathan Lethem on On the Yard by Malcolm Braly

Toni Morrison on The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye

Colm Tóibín on The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley

Francine Prose on A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

Susan Sontag on Letters: Summer 1926 by Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke

Luc Sante on Classic Crimes by William Roughead

James Wood on The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin

Elizabeth Hardwick on The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger

Lydia Davis on The Life of Henry Brulard by Stendhal

Michael Cunningham on The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott

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In this original collection, a number of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books. Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa, while Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three of the greatest poets of the twentieth century exchanged love letters like no others. Here, too, John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius, Jonathan Lethem considers a hard-boiled and heartbreaking story of prison life, and Michael Cunningham uncovers the secrets of what may well be the finest short novel in modern American literature. Other contributors include such noted authors as Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Toibin, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.

Synopsis:

Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa; John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius; Michael Cunningham reveals the secrets of one of the finest short novels in modern American literature; and Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three great 20th-century poets exchanged love letters. Contributors also include Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Toibin, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.

Table of Contents

Eliot Weinberger on Hindoo holiday by J.R. Ackerley — Arthur C. Danto on The unknown masterpiece by Honorâe de Balzac — John Updike on Seven men by Max Beerbohm — Jonathan Lethem on On the yard by Malcolm Braly — Toni Morrison on The radiance of the king by Camara Laye — Colm Toibin on The go-between by L.P. Hartley — Francine Prose on A high wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes — Susan Sontag on Letters, summer 1926 by Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke — Luc Sante on Classic crimes by William Roughead — James Wood on The Golovlyov family by Shchedrin — Elizabeth Hardwick on The unpossessed by Tess Slesinger — Lydia Davis on The life of Henry Brulard by Stendhal — Michael Cunningham on The pilgrim hawk by Glenway Wescott.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590170779
Editor:
Frank, Edwin
Introduction:
Frank, Edwin
Editor:
Frank, Edwin
Author:
Frank, Edwin
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Series Volume:
FO 216
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
157
Dimensions:
8.10x5.02x.45 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 157 pages New York Review of Books - English 9781590170779 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this original collection, a number of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books. Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa, while Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three of the greatest poets of the twentieth century exchanged love letters like no others. Here, too, John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius, Jonathan Lethem considers a hard-boiled and heartbreaking story of prison life, and Michael Cunningham uncovers the secrets of what may well be the finest short novel in modern American literature. Other contributors include such noted authors as Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Toibin, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.
"Synopsis" by , Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa; John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius; Michael Cunningham reveals the secrets of one of the finest short novels in modern American literature; and Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three great 20th-century poets exchanged love letters. Contributors also include Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Toibin, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.
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