Search Results: "Arthur Kirsch"


BOOK REVIEW

LECTURES ON SHAKESPEARE by W.H. Auden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Overcoming the temptation to create his own Shakespeare, Auden penetrates to the very core of Shakespeare's originality, expressing himself in crystalline analytical prose."
Lectures on Shakespeare delivered by British poet and critic Auden in 1946 at the New School for Social Research in New York, carefully reconstructed by Kirsch from students' notes. Read full book review >

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The Big Lead by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"A light, enjoyable murder mystery that marks the beginning of a promising new series."
A rookie reporter delves into a small town's big secrets in Kirsch's debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2004

"Old stories ineffectively told. Now, monotheism vs. monotheism: therein hangs a tale. . . ."
An unsatisfying survey of dogmatic doings in the ancient world by a popularizer of matters biblical. Read full book review >

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THE GLOBAL NOVEL by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"An insightful addition to the Columbia Global Reports roster."
A critical appreciation of "world literature," highlighting works that combine specifics of locality with global reach. Read full book review >

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FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP FIND A CLOUD TO KEEP by Vincent X. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Though the story is simply told, the overall effect is somewhat cryptic, making it a challenge to connect with these characters and their quest. (song lyrics, score [not seen]) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Two friends off on an adventure have an unexpected encounter that leads to new discoveries and a sense of satisfaction. Read full book review >

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THE BIG OVERNIGHT by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"A light and amusing whodunit that proves time spent in the company of the heroine is time well spent indeed."
Stella Reynolds investigates a pair of murders in this latest installment of Kirsch's (The Big Interview, 2016, etc.) chick-lit mystery series. Read full book review >

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ROCKET AND LIGHTSHIP by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2014

"These incisive, deeply informed essays speak to the power of literature to illuminate, and transform, the world."
A critic asks why literature matters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 1997

"A retelling for those so unfamiliar with the sex and violence in the Bible that they think it merits a PG rating. (Author tour)"
An amateur Bible student's attempt to deal with the complexities of biblical sexuality. Read full book review >

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JULIE'S GIFT by Kevin Kirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 18, 2008

"A kind marital gesture, but lacking universality."
Kirsch's travelogue-cum-soul-search contains ruminations on what he learned from four days in London. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Chalk one up for the Philistines."
A biographical narrative, in which lawyer, journalist, and amateur Bible student Kirsch (Moses, 1998) aims to strip away the pious gloss that later editors have allegedly added to the Bible. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Thoughtful studies by an evenhanded critic that will no doubt urge readers back to the original texts."
An examination of the work of six so-called "confessional" poets—Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Delmore Schwartz, and Sylvia Plath—all schooled in modernism and poised to break the rules. Read full book review >