Search Results: "William H. Pritchard"


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ENGLISH PAPERS by William H. Pritchard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A subtle, modest chronicle, yet one that often burns with a hard, gemlike flame."
A quietly fierce, resoundingly literate pedagogic autobiography. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Seemingly unswayed by our era's critical grandstanding, this professor of English reminds us that visionary criticism is an act of possibility whose highest task is not persuasion but expansion of minds."
As demonstrated in these essays (most of which appeared in the Hudson Review), Pritchard's sympathetic, kinetic engagement with the canon has always distinguished him from other voices of the academy. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 2000

"Above all, this book should help those who haven't read all of Updike's work recognize his extraordinary ability and understand his unique contribution to 20th-century American literature."
This appreciation of John Updike's 40-year literary career is remarkable for its concise, critical assessments of nearly every one of the writer's 48 books. Read full book review >

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SILENT LAMP by William H. Shannon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A straightforward rehash, decently done but unremarkable. (Ten photographs.)"
The latest unnecessary biography of our century's most garrulous monk, by the Rochester priest whose previous labors in this vineyard (Thomas Merton's Dark Path, 1981, etc.) have established him as a master of the genre. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Still, lively and literate science for the nonscientist. (Fifty-nine line drawings—not seen.)"
Neurobiologist Calvin (The Ascent of Mind, 1990; The Throwing Madonna: Essays on the Brain, 1983) tackles an unlikely subject—archaeoastronomy—and brings to it his scientific training, a lively curiosity, and the ability to describe objects and phenomena clearly. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"Once again: a monumental thesis, compactly and matter-of-factly put."
In two papers (delivered at Baylor in 1982) and 61 pellucid pages, McNeill (The Rise of the West, Plagues and Peoples, The Human Condition) revives and renews Walter Prescott Webb's thesis that European expansion created a Great Frontier around the globe—where not only progress, freedom, and equality prevailed, but also destruction, compulsion, and slavery: "the persistent double-edgeness of change." Read full book review >

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LIFE SENTENCES by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Stately pronouncements from a master of the form."
A wry, mannered retrospective collection of essays by octogenarian Gass (A Temple of Texts, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"A book not only for people interested in Rilke or Gass, but for anyone who takes poetry seriously."
The American novelist probes the Austrian's metaphysical poetry with exceptional clarity of mind, verbal grace, and shrewd skepticism. Read full book review >

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THE TUNNEL by William H. Gass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"But what a remarkable show."
After 30 years of labor, Gass (Habitations of the Word, 1984, etc.) has brought forth a big, big book that sets off, with linguistic and intellectual bravura, to explore the dark corners of history and the psyche. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"The chief justice raises an important question without resolving anything. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An enjoyable historical presentation with a frustratingly judicious conclusion. Read full book review >