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The power of delight : a lifetime in literature : essays, 1962-2002

Author: John Bayley; Leo Carey
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"John Bayley swept to international fame with the publication of his memoirs about his late wife, the novelist Iris Murdoch, and the subsequent film of them, but for decades he has been known to readers the world over as perhaps the shrewdest and subtlest literary critic now writing. The Power of Delight gathers together for the first time the cream of a lifetime's work."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: Book reviews
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Bayley; Leo Carey
ISBN: 0393058409 9780393058406
OCLC Number: 57557517
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 677 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: I: English literature. The genius of Shandy Hall : Laurence Sterne ; Double life : Jane Austen ; Best and worst : Charles Dickens ; Living with Trollope : Anthony Trollope ; Eminent Victorian : George Eliot ; The two Hardys : Thomas Hardy ; The King's trumpeter : Rudyard Kipling ; Life in the head : John Cowper Powys ; Nothing nasty in the woodshed : P.G. Wodehouse ; Like ink and milk : D.H. Lawrence ; Baby face : William Gerhardie ; The last Puritan : George Orwell ; Mr. Toad : Evelyn Waugh ; God's Greene : Graham Greene --
II: The English poets. Family man : William Wordsworth ; Unmisgiving : John Keats ; The all-star Victorian : Alfred, Lord Tennyson ; An art of self-discovery : Edward Thomas ; Fun while it lasted : Rupert Brooke ; Gallant pastiche : Cecil Day Lewis ; The best of Betjeman : John Betjeman ; The flight of the disenchanter : W.H. Auden ; The last romantic : Philip Larkin --
III: Mother Russia. Cutting it short : Alexander Pushkin ; Under the overcoat : Nikolai Gogol ; The strengths of his passivity : Ivan Turgenev ; An excellent man : Anton Chekhov ; The backward look : Ivan Bunin ; Poems with a heroine : Anna Akhmatova ; A poet's tragedy : Marina Tsvetaeva ; On the horse parsnip : Boris Pasternak ; The hard hitter : Isaac Babel ; A prig of genius : Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn --
IV: American poetry. Songs of a furtive self : Walt Whitman ; Mothermonsters and fatherfigures : E.E. Cummings ; Lowellship : Robert Lowell ; "One life, one writing" : James Merrill ; Richly flows contingency : John Ashbery --
V: Out of Eastern Europe. The power of delight : Bruno Schulz ; Something childish : Witold Gombrowicz ; Poet of holy dread : Paul Celan ; The art of austerity : Zbigniew Herbert ; Return of the native : Czeslaw Milosz --
VI: Aspects of novels. The point of novels ; Gossip in fiction ; Little green crabs : Marcel Proust ; The order of battle at Trafalgar ; In which we serve : Patrick O'Brian ; Seer of the ego : Stendhal ; What will you do to keep the ship from foundering? : Joseph Conrad ; Look here, Mr. Goodwood ; In praise of the amateur approach ; Death and the Dichter : Robert Musil ; Fighting for the Crown : Angela Carter --
VII: Correspondences. Sons and brothers : Henry James and William James ; Milan Kundera and Jane Austen ; Balzac possessed : Honoré de Balzac and Roland Barthes ; A complex relationship : Alexander Pushkin and Lord Byron ; Doubles : Fyodor Dostoevsky and J.M. Coetzee ; The war between the diaries : Leo Tolstoy and Sofia Tolstoy --
VIII: How it strikes a contemporary. Conducting the music : Books do furnish a room, by Anthony Powell ; Proud prisoner : The Gulag archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ; Too good for this world : High windows, by Philip Larkin ; From the ridiculous to the ridiculous : Napoleon Symphony, by Anthony Burgess ; Moral magic : Darkness visible, by William Golding ; Professional strategies : The world, the text, and the critic, by Edward W. Said ; Writeabout : The songlines, by Bruce Chatwin ; Country life : The enigma of arrival, by V.S. Naipaul ; Class act : Palimpsest, by Gore Vidal.
Responsibility: John Bayley ; selected by Leo Carey.
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Carey, an editor at The New Yorker has selected 69 essays and articles by Bayley, a pillar of literary criticism on both sides of the Atlantic since the 1950s. They consider English literature, the  Read more...

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