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Bound to please : an extraordinary one-volume literary education : essays on great writers and their books

Author: Michael Dirda
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Surveying the whole world of books, literary essayist Dirda opens with an impassioned critique of modern reading habits, then presents many of the great, and idiosyncratic, writers he loves the most. He starts with ancient classics and ends with groundbreaking science fiction; in between, he writes about everything from Renaissance intellectual history and Russian literary theory to spaghetti westerns and neglected  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Dirda
ISBN: 0393057577 9780393057577 9780393329636 0393329631
OCLC Number: 55845752
Description: xxvii, 525 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Reading Beyond the Best-Seller List: A Polemic and a Plea --
I. Old Masters --
II. Professionals at Work --
III. Romantic Dreamers --
IV. Visionaries and Moralists --
V. We Moderns --
VI. Serious Entertainers --
VII. Critical Observers --
VIII. Lovers, Poets, and Madmen --
IX. Magicians of the Word --
X. Europeans --
XI. Writers of Our Time --
XII. Performing Selves.
Responsibility: Michael Dirda.

Abstract:

Surveying the whole world of books, literary essayist Dirda opens with an impassioned critique of modern reading habits, then presents many of the great, and idiosyncratic, writers he loves the most. He starts with ancient classics and ends with groundbreaking science fiction; in between, he writes about everything from Renaissance intellectual history and Russian literary theory to spaghetti westerns and neglected modern masters.--From publisher description.

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