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Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism

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A drop of truth, of lived experience, glistens in each. This is how John Updike, one of the world's most acclaimed novelists, modestly describes his nonfiction work, the brilliant and graceful essays and criticism he has written for more than five decades. Due Considerations is his sixth collection, and perhaps the most moving, stylish, and personal volume yet. Here he reflects on such writers and works as Emerson, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Colson Whitehead, The Wizard of Oz, Don DeLillo, The Portrait of a Lady, Margaret Atwood, The Mabinogion, and Proust. Updike also provides a whimsical and insightful list of Ten Epochal Moments in the American Libido, from Pocahontas and John Smith to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky; muses on how the practice of faith changes but doesn't disappear; and shares his reaction to the attacks on 9/11 (in Brooklyn that day, Freedom, reflected in the street's diversity and quotidian ease, felt palpable). Due Considerations proves that John Updike is, as noted in The Boston Globe, our greatest critic of literature.

Praise for Due Considerations:

A New York Times Notable Book

The prose is clean, elegant, exquisitely calibrated. . . . Updike is] one of the best essayists and critics this country has produced in the last century.

-Los Angeles Times Book Review

Updike's scope is rather breathtaking. . . . When I do not know the subject well-as in his finely illustrated art reviews of Bruegel, Durer and Goya-I learn much from what Updike has to impart. When he considers an author I love, like Proust or Czeslaw Milosz, I often find myself appreciating familiar things in a new way.

-Christopher Hitchens, The New York Times Book Review

With his pack-rat curiosity . . . his prodigious memory and attendant knack for choosing the 'just-right' fact or quote, and his ever-present astonishment at both the stupidity and genius on display wherever he looks, Updike is in many ways an ideal critic. . . . It is a privilege to be in the company of this wonderfully American voice.

-Rocky Mountain News

Updike knows more about literature than almost anyone breathing today. . . . He's beyond knowledgeable-he makes Google look wanting.

-Baltimore Sun

Provocative and incisive . . . This volume reminds us that Updike's] prose sets our literary bar very high indeed.

-The Charlotte Observer

Updike offers an effortless mastery of form and content.

-The Boston Globe

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the

Synopsis:

A masterful new collection of nonfiction writings by the acclaimed novelist and critic features charming essays on travel, faith, and literature, as he pays tribute to William Shawn, William Maxwell, James Thurber, and E. B. White; examines the writer's existence and role; and discusses topics ranging from Coco Chanel to the sinking of the Lusitania. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

John Updike's sixth collection of essays and literary criticism opens with a skeptical overview of literary biographies, proceeds to five essays on topics ranging from China and small change to faith and late works, and takes up, under the heading "General Considerations," books, poker, cars, and the American libido. The last, informal section of Due Considerations assembles more or less autobiographical pieces--reminiscences, friendly forewords, comments on the author's own recent works, responses to probing questions. In between, many books are considered, some in introductions--to such classics as Walden, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Mabinogion--and many more in reviews, usually for The New Yorker. Ralph Waldo Emerson and the five Biblical books of Moses come in for appraisal, along with Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Wizard of Oz. Contemporary American and English writers--Colson Whitehead, E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Norman Rush, William Trevor, A. S. Byatt, Muriel Spark, Ian McEwan--receive attentive and appreciative reviews, as do Rohinton Mistry, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garc

Table of Contents

Preface

Everything Considered

ON LITERARY BIOGRAPHY

FIVE ESSAYS

Back from China

A Sense of Change

The Future of Faith

Invisible Cathedral

Late Works

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

A Case for Books

Looking Back to Now

The Tried and the Treowe

A Layman’s Scope

Against Angelolatry

Ten Epochal Moments in the American Libido

Five Great Novels About Loving

Hydrophobia

My Life in Poker

My Life in Cars

TRIBUTES AND SHORT TAKES

West 155th Street

The Academy As It Was and Is: A Talk, with Slides

The New Yorker

William Shawn

William Maxwell

Wright Morris

Eudora Welty

Ernest Hemingway

Ted Williams

November 22, 1963

JFK, Jr.

September 11, 2001

Considering Books

INTRODUCTIONS

To the Everyman’s Library edition of The Mabinogion

To The Blithedale Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

To Walden, by Henry David Thoreau: 150th Anniversary Edition

To The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

To The Diary of Adam and Eve and Other Adamic Stories, by Mark Twain

To Seven Men, by Max Beerbohm

To The Rich Boy, three stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

To The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder

To The Golden West: Hollywood Stories, by Daniel Fuchs

To Karl Shapiro: Selected Poems

To Elephant House, or, The Home of Edward Gorey, photographs and text by Kevin McDermott

To Christmas at The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art

To the German catalogue of an exhibit of photographs by Ulrich Mack of the Ipswich marshes

MONUMENTS

The Great I Am

Big Dead White Male

Down the River

Oz Is Us

Hide and Seek

THURBER AND WHITE

Introduction to the Perennial Edition of Is Sex Necessary?

Thurber’s Art

Magnum Opus

Introduction to a New Edition of The Letters of E. B. White

AMERICAN FICTION

These Trashy Years

Coming Home

Tote that Ephemera

Dog’s Tears

One-Way Street

Red Loves Rex, Alas

Angel-Tits and Hellmouth

Mind/Body Problems—I

Mixed Messages

The Great Game Gone

A Cloud of Dust

ENGLISH FICTION

Property and Presumption

A Same-Sex Idyll

Fairy Tales and Paradigms

Stonewalling Toffs

Flesh on Flesh

Absent Presences

Mind/Body Problems—II

Flashy to the Rescue

IN ENGLISH BUT NOT ENGLISH

Home Care

Love and Loss on Zycron

Dangerous into Beautiful

Both Rough and Tender

Papery Passions

Blood and Paint

A Case of Deutschfeindlichkeit; or, All About Abish

The Story of Himself

Pre-“Gay” Gray

Paradises Lost

IN OTHER TONGUES

Dying for Love

The Lone Sailor

Two’s a Crowd

Mind/Body Problems—III

Suppressed Atrocities

Murder Among the Miniaturists

Arabesques of Ambivalence

Extended Performance

Subconscious Tunnels

Bitter Bamboo

NON-FICTION

Groaning Shelves

Can Eve Be Reprieved?

Was Sex Necessary?

Chanel No. 1

The Poor Babies

Drawn to Gypsies

Survivor/Believer

Twice Collected

LITERARY BIOGRAPHY

Mud and Flames

Incommensurability

The Man in Bed

Poet on the Fault Line

No Brakes

A Natural Writer

Young Iris

ART

One Obstinate Survivor on Another

Metropolitan Art

Deceptively Conceptual

Dürer’s Passions

The Thing Itself

The Imaginary Builder

Personal Considerations

A Tribute to Saul Steinberg

Introduction to The World of William Steig

Introduction to a Section of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

The Would-Be Animator

Introduction to Poor Arnold’s Almanac

Introduction to Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986–2006

Foreword to the Catalogue of My Father’s House (Will Barnet)

A Reminiscence of Hyman Bloom

Introduction to Wolf Kahn’s America

Saint Nick: Essay for the Catalogue of George Nick: A Retrospective

Foreword to the MFA Publications Reprint of Just Looking

Foreword to the Stackpole Books Edition of Buchanan Dying

A “Special Message” for the Franklin Library Edition of Gertrude and Claudius

Prefacio to Poemas 1953–1999

Foreword to Humor in Fiction

Foreword to the Easton Press Edition of Licks of Love

Note on “Bech Noir” for The Best American Mystery Stories 1999

Note on “Personal Archeology” for The Best American Short Stories 2001

Note on “The Walk with Elizanne” for The Best American Short Stories 2004

Comment on “Your Lover Just Called,” in the anthology This Is My Best

Recurrent Characters

An Interview Conducted by Henry Bech

Foreword to My Own Bibliography

Three Brits (Tina Brown, Frank Kermode, André Deutsch)

An Account of my Childhood Reading

A Response to a Question from The Yale Literary Magazine

A Response to a Request from Michael Dirda

A Response to GQ’s Request for My Favorite Year of the Century

Summer Love

The Beautiful

A Response to a Request from a Miss Gordon

Early Employments and Inklings

My Philadelphia

A Response to the Question “Why Do I Live in New England?”

A Response to a Request for a Memory of Harvard Dorm Life

Statement for There Is No Other Story: Ethics, Literature, and Theory

My Contribution to the NPR Series This I Believe

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307555809
Subtitle:
Essays and Criticism
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Updike John
Author:
Updike, John
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071023
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
703

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Product details 703 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307555809 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the
"Synopsis" by , A masterful new collection of nonfiction writings by the acclaimed novelist and critic features charming essays on travel, faith, and literature, as he pays tribute to William Shawn, William Maxwell, James Thurber, and E. B. White; examines the writer's existence and role; and discusses topics ranging from Coco Chanel to the sinking of the Lusitania. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , John Updike's sixth collection of essays and literary criticism opens with a skeptical overview of literary biographies, proceeds to five essays on topics ranging from China and small change to faith and late works, and takes up, under the heading "General Considerations," books, poker, cars, and the American libido. The last, informal section of Due Considerations assembles more or less autobiographical pieces--reminiscences, friendly forewords, comments on the author's own recent works, responses to probing questions. In between, many books are considered, some in introductions--to such classics as Walden, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Mabinogion--and many more in reviews, usually for The New Yorker. Ralph Waldo Emerson and the five Biblical books of Moses come in for appraisal, along with Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Wizard of Oz. Contemporary American and English writers--Colson Whitehead, E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Norman Rush, William Trevor, A. S. Byatt, Muriel Spark, Ian McEwan--receive attentive and appreciative reviews, as do Rohinton Mistry, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garc
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