Search Results: "James Gould Cozzens"


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BY LOVE POSSESSED by James Gould Cozzens
Released: Aug. 26, 1957

"But it must not be dismissed — for here is a profoundly honest piece of America."
One of our significant writers of today has written a modern-styled novel that will demand attention whether the public finds it shocking, disturbing, moving, absorbing- or something of each. Read full book review >

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CASTAWAY by James Gould Cozzens
Released: June 15, 1934

"Parts of it are so well done that it seems a pity that it is confused by nightmares of confusion and — at times — unmotivated horrors."
Thoroughly upsetting nightmarish story, with a dubious beginning and a yet more dubious end. Read full book review >

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ASK ME TOMORROW by James Gould Cozzens
Released: June 15, 1940

"Cozzens spins a good yarn; my one reservation lies in the fact that his central figure is so sharply drawn that his minor figures seem almost intangible in contrast."
Devastating insight has produced the most revealing picture of a young man in love with his idea of himself that modern literature has produced. Read full book review >

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GUARD OF HONOR by James Gould Cozzens
Released: Sept. 30, 1948

"Cozzens writes with a taut violence at times; and at other times with an expansive warmth — an unusual combination which makes for roundness of impression."
To anyone whose memory of James Gould Cozzens' earlier work is still green, it it welcome news that, after too long an interval, there is another book from him. Read full book review >

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MEN AND BRETHREN by James Gould Cozzens
Released: Jan. 2, 1935

"Extensive advertising."
With The Last Adam Cozzens reached best seller ranks. Read full book review >

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MORNING NOON & NIGHT by James Gould Cozzens
Released: Aug. 1, 1968

"Perhaps for Mr. Cozzens' admirers, although in Henry Dodd Worthington he seems to have removed himself to a considerable degree from his time and ours."
Backward, ever backward, through sentences which sinuously, sonorously curl around parenthetical phrases and elliptical clauses, "vagariously" winds this retrospective of the life of Henry Dodd Worthington as now through "experience's actual disorder and inconsecutiveness" he tries to reconcile himself as he was (sufficiently remote to elicit a third person referral) with the man he now is in late middle age. . . . Read full book review >

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Released: July 23, 1942

"But the use of the trial as a lever is fresh —and its subordination to other aspects of life make it different from such books as Inquest or The Bellamy Trial."
There's faint flavor of The Last Adam (Cozzen's best book, in this reader's opinion), more in the sureness of his understanding of the undercurrents of village thought and way of life than in character. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ADAM by James Gould Cozzens
Released: Jan. 5, 1933

"SEROCOLD flavor."
A really significant book by an author whose SS SAN PEDRO won him some recognition. Read full book review >

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GOULD by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Extremely readable and clever work, but the pages don't add up to much except sex and more sex, described in clinical detail and with clinical dispassion, featuring a cast of characters who seem incapable of thinking about anything other than their bodies and their appetites."
Stream-of-consciousness fiction, about one Gould Bookbinder, a would-be writer, and his many girlfriends, from the prolific author of Interstate (1995), Frog (1991), etc. The story divides into two novellas, ``Abortions'' and ``Evangeline,'' but they are of a piece, chronicling the relationships Gould experiences from the 1950s onward. Read full book review >

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GLENN GOULD by Peter F. Ostwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

One of Gould's friends memorializes the virtuoso pianist. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >