Books by Frank Kermode

PIECES OF MY MIND by Frank Kermode
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Any critic who interprets a publisher's claim that a 'lean' book means 'very short, especially considering the price' is worth reading. Another feather in Kermode's wide-brimmed cap."
A chronologically arranged series of literary essays by the eminent scholar and critic, "offered indifferently to defense and prosecution, of the way in which a now quite long professional life has been spent." Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S LANGUAGE by Frank Kermode
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"An excellent survey of Shakespeare's language and its development, handicapped by its shortness, enhanced by its precision."
Renowned scholar Kermode (Not Entitled, 1995) explores the evolution of Shakespeare's language in a friendly, accessible, and choppy romp through the Bard's oeuvre. Read full book review >
NOT ENTITLED by Frank Kermode
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"But what Kermode does share remains of great interest: However truncated, the story of his later years will intrigue literary intellectuals, while his lambent memoirs of youth should attract a broad audience."
While brilliant enough on what it reveals, this tripartite memoir by a great man of letters nevertheless reserves much of his life from illumination. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1985

"Effortlessly learned, brilliantly allusive, a model of critical self-reflection."
How the canon of literature (or art) is established, how it continues, and what critics do with it: a trio of remarkably cogent and stylish essays (originally the Wellek Library Lectures at the U. of California, Irvine). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"This middle ground of serious criticism has so far found its clearest, most wide-ranging advocate in Kermode; and his new book, though difficult and strictly academic, is an important one—ecumenical, level, acute—in its field."
Drawn from lectures delivered to literary critics, this collection is more deaconly and theoretical than Kermode's last book on the legitimacy of interpretation, The Genesis of Secrecy. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1979

"Though Kermode slips into jargon now and then, the thesis is well wrought, the scholarship varied and well-distributed, and the examples clear and deft."
Contra Susan Sontag and a whole generation of structuralist literary critics, Kermode might have titled these essays—the Norton Lectures on Poetry, 1977-78—as "For Interpretation." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1975

"One is grateful for dozens of individual literary insights (the Hawthorne chapter alone is worth the price of the book), but Kermode employs a lot of grandiose machinery to formulate a conclusion which most students of literature have heard expressed more simply."
In its original form as the 1973 T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures at the University of Kent, this must have been exhausting. Read full book review >
D. H. LAWRENCE by Frank Kermode
Released: Sept. 28, 1973

"Equal to the task, British critic Frank Kermode is also general editor of Viking's 'Modern Masters' series, in which D. H. Lawrence is the latest edition."
Reducing the Lawrence corpus to 192 pages requires both singular confidence and complete command of this masterful writer. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 1967

"Kermode is indisputably Eliot's best successor."
This is the most important book on aesthetics and culture to appear since Rosenberg's The Tradition of the New and Sypher's Loss of the Self. Read full book review >