Search Results: "Edmund Rydell"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 25, 2011

"A rapturous but unpersuasive compendium of New Age consolation."
A passel of thinkers, psychics and revived near-death patients attests to the immortality of the soul in Rydell's (Of Love, 2011, etc.) latest spiritual exploration. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR PAGAN LOVERS by Edmund Keeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"Disappointingly lifeless love story that pushes all the right buttons but makes no music."
This seventh novel from Keeley (A Wilderness Called Peace, 1985, etc.), a well-known translator of modern Greek poetry, tells of young lovers crossed by war and fate—a story more enervating than erotic, despite all the lengthy and explicit sex scenes. Read full book review >

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Released: May 23, 1975

"Still the sort of'literature' that E.W. calls 'the result of our rude collisions with reality' is not here."
Borges says that the element that wears least well in writing issur prise. Read full book review >

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SOME WINE FOR REMEMBRANCE by Edmund Keeley
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The details of individual stories are gripping and real (Keeley has also written extensively about Greek culture and translated contemporary Greek poetry), but the deposition-style narrative and the dud of an American protagonist keep the story from realizing its dramatic potential."
From prolific novelist Keeley (School for Pagan Lovers, 1993, etc.), a sincere if somewhat uneven story about the Nazi massacre of an entire Greek village near the end of WWII, and the effort decades later to pin the deed on a prominent Austrian statesman (Kurt Waldheim by any other name). Read full book review >

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WILSON'S NIGHT THOUGHTS by Edmund Wilson
Released: Dec. 5, 1961

"For Wilson followers, who are fondly familiar with his writing, this offers some delightful insights."
This is a chronologically arranged collection of prose and poetry (the earliest here, dating from 1917-1919) characterized by spontaneity and wit. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"The latest gem in the publisher's already glittering Eminent Lives series."
Brief but illuminating biography of the troubled and troubling French poet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Learned literary tourism about literary tourism, in one of the best places on earth for it."
Sunny, island-hopping philhellenism as encountered in Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi and Lawrence Durrell's Prospero's Cell and Reflections on a Marine Venus. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1986

"These journals form a permanent and valuable record of Wilson's interests and tastes during the 1950's; they also offer an amusing if informal social and literary history of that era."
Wilson kept extensive journals and diary entries for the entire decade of the 50's and these excerpts—beautifully edited by Edel—offer his trademark blend of crotchetiness and literary acumen. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING LIBRARY by Edmund White
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"The moving record of a moderate humanist in extreme circumstances, who is eventually overwhelmed by them. (Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
Spanning 25 turbulent years in gay history and his own career as a writer, a collection of White's (Genet: A Biography, 1993, etc.) frequently humane and perceptive essays. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 21, 1972

"Included in the current miscellany is the famous controversy between Nabokov and Wilson over Evgeni Onegin, which first appeared in The New York Review, and two really splendid chapters on Svetlana and Solzhenitsyn which appeared in The New Yorker."
The glory of the late Edmund Wilson, as Frank Kermode remarked, has always been "his ability to identify, even if he could not completely describe, the master-spirit of an age." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 10, 1950

"But there is no question that, within his limitations, which are highly intellectual in taste and expectations, Wilson is an interesting if demanding critic."
From the New Yorker, the Nation, New Republic and other periodicals, this collects between covers some 67 critical articles. Read full book review >

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COLONEL ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2010

"Roosevelt never fails to fascinate, and Morris provides a highly readable, strong finish to his decades-long marathon."
With appropriate crescendo and coda, the concluding volume of the author's sweeping biography of Theodore Roosevelt, following The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979) and Theodore Rex (2001). Read full book review >