Search Results: "Andrew Delbanco"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

In a brilliant review of how American writers of the last two centuries have confronted evil by depicting it, Delbanco (Humanities/Columbia Univ.; The Puritan Ordeal, not reviewed) suggests that our postmodern inability to name evil puts us in danger of being dominated by it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"For now, then, no matter. Read this for the writers—Alcott, O'Connor, Frost, Jewett—and if you tire of them, read 20 others. This is a smorgasbord; we are unlikely to see its kind again soon. (9 halftones, not seen)"
Who and what made New England the nation's intellectual and literary center is apparent in this expansive collection of writings by the abiding masters and luminaries of the day. Read full book review >

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COLLEGE by Andrew Delbanco
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although stronger on diagnosis than cure, this is an impassioned call for a corrupt system to heal itself."
Has the democratic ideal of a classical education, open to rich and poor alike, become a thing of the past? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Ranging learnedly and widely, this is less a work of scholarship, on which it is deeply based, than a personal testament to the melancholy to which learning has led its author."
Reflections on American conceptions of happiness and hope—and of how they have grown weak. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A deeply felt, persuasive, and eminently useful work."
Vigorous, engaging essays (many originally published in the New Republic) on the revolutionary impulses of 19th- and 20th- century writers, ``inspired practitioners of the American language,'' offering an explicit repudiation of the more arid contemporary forms of literary criticism. Read full book review >

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MELVILLE by Andrew Delbanco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2005

"Lively and endlessly informative: a welcome addition to literary history, of a piece with Louis Menand's Metaphysical Club and David Reynolds's Walt Whitman's America."
A graceful, sympathetic portrait of a writer all but forgotten in his day, but now seen as central to understanding the American character. Read full book review >

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ASK ME ANYTHING by Francesca Delbanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Trite, plotless, self-absorbed debut from a former writer of Seventeen's advice column."
Good advice, bad advice. Read full book review >

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POSSESSION by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: Feb. 11, 1976

"These give the novel its strength and austerity even if it's as claustral as an hour spent in a root cellar."
Delbanco goes on writing his perhaps thanklessly individualistic books, which are not so much private as confined. Read full book review >

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FATHERING by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: Dec. 7, 1973

"Robert's estranged and vague and footless years of wandering are indeed justified although by the close (Elizabeth commits suicide; Hans dies; Alexander shoots himself but only succeeds in losing his sight; etc., etc.) all these 'linkages' and 'couplings' will not have corroborated his 'provenance' or restored his real and psychic identity, both a word and a concern which have become the cliche of our time."
Even if Mr. Delbanco has abandoned some of his most capricious stylistic tics, Fathering is still pretty heavy weathering and the occasional word remains "echoic" of perhaps Durrell, not so much in the shifting perspectives — there's that — but in the truly pate de foie gras prose. Read full book review >

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NEWS by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: May 12, 1970

As far as general readability is concerned Mr. Delbanco's tangled fabrications have been downhill racing all the way since his first successful The Martlet's Tale (1966) and this one's another irritating mix of strangulated vision and alluvial prose. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 11, 1989

"The metaphor of the writer writing can wear thin, but, still, this is a solid—if specialized—collection about the disillusions and small epiphanies of the literary life."
Delbanco, author of the Sherbrookes trilogy (Possession, Sherbrookes, Stillness), here offers a second collection of intelligent but surfacey stories (About My Table, 1983), all concerning writers (mostly male) who must accommodate their illusions to reality. Read full book review >

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OLD SCORES by Nicholas Delbanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"A moving exploration of a believably passionate love, and of its subtle, powerful, persistent impact on the lives of two stubborn romantics."
A sad, convincing, autumnal tale of love lost, found, and lost again, by old pro Delbanco (In the Name of Mercy, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >