Search Results: "A.J. Liebling"


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LIEBLING ABROAD by A.J. Liebling
Released: May 1, 1981

"The exuberance, the feeling for place and character, the attention to 'rudimentary things'—and always the unexpected word, the edged phrase—continue to delight and astonish."
The best thing to come out of Raymond Sokolov's fussy biography of A.J. Liebling, Wayward Reporter (1980), may be the republication, in one volume, of Francophile Liebling's four books of diverse encounters with the French—French generals being of no less "obsessional interest" to him than French restaurants. Read full book review >

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THE EARL OF LOUISIANA by A.J. Liebling
Released: May 8, 1961

"It's a forceful and vital book and politically, more real than ll the King's Men."
Originally this book was a three-part profile in The New Yorker. Read full book review >

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MINK AND RED HERRING by A.J. Liebling
Released: June 23, 1949

"There's some pretty brilliant stuff here, which is very funny too, but one questions whether the no longer topical interest in many of the subjects scored may not limit the appeal of the volume."
Sub-titled "The Wayward Pressman's Casebook", these articles- all of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, comprise a fairly precise and perforating investigation of the infallibility of written words- in this case those of the press. Read full book review >

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"A character- who in his exuberance of speech- a formal rhetoric touch-off by rummy phrases- is reminiscent of W.C. Fields, but his many 'labyrinthine digressions' may prove— labyrinthine."
A full-length extension of profile material which appeared in the New Yorker and which concerns Colonel Stingo, the nom de plume of a grandiose old gaffer ne James A. Macdonald. Read full book review >

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"Precise, informed writing of greater literary merit but less action value than the average correspondent's story today."
The New Yorker correspondent has hosts of admirers who will welcome this urbane, sharply observed, neatly recorded commentary — France, England, France again this time in Africa. Read full book review >

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"An accompaniment of lipsmacking is in order for this recall of ailments which makes quite a bill of fare for anyone with a taste for 'good food and good bottles'."
From "whacking lunches" to "glorious dinners" experienced by the author and not in de luxe or recommended restaurants — this is a pursuit of specialties in foods and wines, in cooking and menus, started in his student days at the Sorbonne and continued to the present. Read full book review >

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"Affecting reading."
A selection of letters, personal narratives, excerpts from longer works, which reflect the years of the French resistance in the words of participants:- what they thought, wrote, what "life and death were like". Read full book review >

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THE SWEET SCIENCE by A.J. Liebling
Released: June 15, 1956

"Excellent reading and not only for the buffs."
....is that of boxing and Liebling's articles on boxiana, collected from their New Yorker appearance, cover June, 1951, to September, 1955, and present a personal and polished accounting of the square ring of those years. Read full book review >

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CHICAGO by A.J. Liebling
Released: June 23, 1952

A blast- at the windy city, as a New Yorker correspondent (where these pieces had their original appearance) offers an outlander's insights on some of her institutions, attitudes, and overstated claims to fame. Read full book review >

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BACK WHERE I CAME FROM by A.J. Liebling
Released: Nov. 22, 1938

"Human interest on a large scale with a market in those seeking oddities of city life."
This same house published last year My Ears Are Bent by Joseph Mitchell, a feature reporter's collection of sensational interviews covering the famous and notorious. Read full book review >

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"Both as a travelogue and an interlude with a sharply perceptive intelligence, this unsentimental journey through Normandy is outstandingly rich and amusing."
Ten years after his war experiences in France, Liebling revisits Normandy, the one part of France, besides Paris, which he has always favored. Read full book review >

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"Thoroughly entertaining reading made to order for the lada being all boys together."
These articles on people, activities, places, etc. are drawn largely from the New Yorker Profiles and Reporter at Large. Read full book review >