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The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

By Darryl Pinckney, Elizabeth Hardwick

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Format: Paperback, 640 pages, Main Edition
Published In: United States, 15 October 2017
Elizabeth Hardwick wrote during the golden age of the American literary essay. The highly esteemed author of four books of essays and three novels, Hardwick covered civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, places where she lived, locations she traveled to, theater she had seen, murder trials that gripped her, and sketches for various occasions. However, most of her essays are reflections on literature, American literature in particular, and appeared in The New York Review of Books, of which Hardwick was a co-founder. Hardwick believed the writer had an obligation to honor the author's contract with the reader. Yet the essay was for her imaginative prose. The structure of observations, the line of interpretation - everything depended on language in the end, and the beauty of her writing is one of the chief reasons to read Elizabeth Hardwick, the other being the clarity of her perceptions, her enduring assessments of literature and society. Edited and introduced by Darryl Pinckney, To the Point gathers over fifty essays for a retrospective of this writer of moral courage, as Joan Didion described her. Hardwick's readings define literature itself.

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The first-ever collection of essays from Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for decades.

About the Author

A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder of The New York Review of Books. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, Seduction and Betrayal, and The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick.

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"Just as Edwin Denby, Clement Greenberg, and Pauline Kael transformed the nature of criticism in the fields of dance, art, and film, respectively, Hardwick has redefined the possibilities of the literary essay." --The New Yorker "Among twentieth-century literary essayists, only Virginia Woolf has created comparable likenesses." --Joyce Carol Oates "Elizabeth Hardwick is our most original, brilliant, and amusing critic. Many of these essays are already classics for their insight and style." --Diane Johnson "Literature, history, social criticism, and an original and cryptically brilliant intelligence meet in this engrossing--and permanent--collection." --Cynthia Ozick "Hardwick has a gift for coming up with descriptions so thoughtfully selected, so exactly right, that they strike the reader as inevitable." --Anne Tyler

EAN: 9781681371542
ISBN: 1681371545
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 3.4 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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