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What to read and why / Francine Prose.

Author/Creator:
Prose, Francine, 1947- author.
Other Title:
What to read & why
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xviii, 314 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Books and reading.
Criticism.
Best books.
Local subjects:
Cloth or Hardcover. (search)
Literature -- Classics / Criticism. (search)
Books & Reading. (search)
Essays. (search)
Form/Genre:
Nonfiction.
Summary:
Celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers the author admires above all others, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan.
In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose's previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bolaño, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid. Prose implores us to read Mavis Gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St. Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: "On Clarity" and "What Makes a Short Story." Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.
In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose's previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bola�no, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid. Prose implores us to read Mavis Gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St. Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: "On Clarity" and "What Makes a Short Story." Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.
Contents:
Ten things that art can do
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Charles Dickens, Great expectations
Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Bette
George Eliot, Middlemarch
George Gissing, New Grub Street
The collected stories of Mavis Gallant
Robert Bolaño, 2666
Complimentary toilet paper: some thoughts on character and language
Michael Jeffrey Lee, George Saunders, John Cheever, Denis Johnson
Edward St. Aubyn, the Patrick Melrose novels
Paul Bowles, The stories of Paul Bowles and The spider's house
Patrick Hamilton, Twenty thousand streets under the sky: a London trilogy; The slaves of solitude; Hangover Square: a story of darkest Earl's court
Isaac Babel
Lolita, just the dirty parts: on the erotic and pornographic
Gitta Sereny, Cries unheard
Andrea Canobbio, Three light-years
Diane Arbus: Revelations
Helen Levitt: Crosstown
Mark Strand, Mr. and Mrs. Baby
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My struggle
Elizabeth Taylor, Complete short stories
Louisa May Alcott, Little women
Jane Austen
Charles Baxter, Believers
Debora Levy, Swimming home
Alice Munro, Lives of girls and women
Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
Rebecca West
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
On clarity
Reiner Stach, Is that Kafka? 99 finds
What makes a short story?
In praise of Stanley Elkin.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Phi Beta Kappa Library Trust Fund.
Contributor:
Phi Beta Kappa Library Trust Fund.
ISBN:
9780062397867
0062397869
OCLC:
1042088131
Publisher Number:
99977148657
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