PREDILECTIONS by Marianne Moore
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This collection of brief critical essays, assembled over a period of thirty years, has a crystalline perfection. It is phrased with elegance and precision, and the choice of subject matter has been fastidious. Miss Moore writes of Henry James, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Wallace Stevens, E. E Cummings, and the total effect conveys an illumination of each subject that is sheer delight. In the foreword, Miss Moore modestly says ""one feels that what holds one's attentions might hold the attention of others. That is to say there is a language of sensibility of which words can be the portrait- a magnetism, an order, a refusal to be false, to which the following pages attempt to testify"" -- and it is just in this language of sensibility that Miss Moore's poetic insights and responses are disclosed. For an audience which is already respectful if not reverential.

Pub Date: May 12th, 1955
Publisher: Viking