By Elizabeth Hardwick
The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is considered one of modern America's such a lot awesome writers, and Seduction and Betrayal, within which she considers the careers of girls writers in addition to the bigger query of the presence of girls in literature, is her so much passionate and targeted paintings of feedback. A gallery of unforgettable portraits--of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle--as good as a provocative interpreting of such works as Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler, and the poems of Sylvia Plath, Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso functionality, an enormous writer's reckoning with the kin among women and men, girls and writing, writing and lifestyles.
By Stephen Jay Gould
"Gould is a common author; he has anything to claim and the inclination and talent with which to assert it."―P. B. Medawar, New York evaluation of Books
With revenues of good over 1000000 copies in North the United States on my own, the economic good fortune of Gould's books now suits their severe acclaim. Reissued in a bigger structure, with a good-looking new hide, The Panda's Thumb will introduce a brand new new release of readers to this distinct author, who has taken the artwork of the clinical essay to new heights.
By Christopher Buckley
A unprecedented wide-ranging number of essays with “distinctive wordplay and quirky opinions…Christopher Buckley is nice corporation no matter if you’re trying to find fast pages and a grin, or are looking to linger” (The manhattan occasions e-book Review).
Christopher Buckley, like his extraordinary quantity But adequate approximately You, includes multitudes. Tackling matters starting from “How to educate Your Four-Year-Old to Ski” to “A brief heritage of the computer virus Zapper,” and “The artwork of Sacking” to literary friendships with Joseph Heller and Christopher Hitchens, he's immediately a funny storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous visitor, and irreverent historian.
Reading those essays is the similar of being within the corporation of a vastly witty and enlightening significant other. Praised as “both deeply expert and deeply humorous” through The Wall road Journal, Buckley can have you guffawing and reflecting in equivalent degree. this can be a infrequent mixture of massive rules and actually enjoyable writing.
By E.L. Doctorow
In a set of reflective essays, the writer of Ragtime covers a large choice of subject matters, from such writers as Dreiser and Hemingway, to nineteenth-century long island, to modern cultural illnesses.
By Henry David Thoreau
Lorsque Henry David Thoreau écrit ses premiers essais, jamais traduits en français jusqu’à ce jour, il a dix-sept ans. Le most effective d’entre eux, « Suivre l. a. mode », date de 1834 : Thoreau vient d’entrer à l’université de Harvard pour y étudier l. a. rhétorique, le Nouveau testomony, l. a. philosophie et les sciences grâce à une bourse. Il y rencontrera plus tard Ralph Waldo Emerson, qui deviendra son ami, puis son mentor. En 1837, l’année de l’essai « Barbarie et civilisation » qui clôt ce quantity, Thoreau est encore seul mais déjà déterminé, selon les mots de Michel Onfray, à « refuser les fausses valeurs de l. a. civilisation : los angeles mode, l’argent, les honneurs, les richesses, le pouvoir, l. a. réputation, les villes, l’art, l’intellectualisme, le succès, les mondanités ; et à vouloir les vraies valeurs de los angeles nature : l. a. simplicité, l. a. vérité, los angeles justice, l. a. sobriété, le génie, le chic, los angeles volonté, l’imagination, l. a. vie ».
By Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens is well known as having been one of many liveliest and such a lot influential of latest political analysts. Prepared for the Worst is a suite of the simplest of his essays of the Nineteen Eighties released on either side of the Atlantic. those essays proven his recognition as a daring commentator combining highbrow tenacity with mordant wit, even if he used to be writing in regards to the intrigues of Reagan's Washington, a favored novel, the paintings of Tom Paine, the guy George Orwell, or reporting (with sympathy in addition to durability) from Beirut or Bombay, Warsaw or Managua.
By Roy Blount Jr.
“I left the South looking for the Enlightenment. I’m pro-choice, in desire of homosexual marriage, and opposed to creationism and the battle in Iraq. yet either my mom and dad’ individuals are deep Southern from many generations, and that i spent a bit over a 3rd of my existence, together with the possibly so much early life (toilet education via college), dwelling within the South. Mathematically, that makes me with regards to precisely as Southern because the American humans, 34 percentage of whom are Southern citizens. however it is going deeper than math—my roots are Southern, I sound Southern, i admire loads of Southern stuff, and while my [Northern] neighborhood paper proclaims a pageant to ‘celebrate the spirit of otherwise abled dogs,’ I react as a Southerner. i think I care as a lot approximately canines’ emotions as anyone. it truly is tough for me to visualize puppy with 3 legs minds being referred to as a three-legged dog.”
A sly, dry, hilarious selection of essays—his first in additional than ten years—from the author who, in response to The manhattan occasions ebook Review, is “in critical competition for the name of America’s such a lot adored humorist.”
This time Blount specializes in his personal dueling loyalties around the nice American divide, North vs. South. Scholarly, raunchy, biting and affable, ol’ Roy takes on themes starting from chook arms to yellow-dog Democrats to Elvis’s ft. And he stocks studies: talking to Ray Charles, rounding up rattlesnakes, staring at George and Tammy checklist, assembly an Okefenokee alligator (also named George, or Georgette), imagining Faulkner’s tennis video game, and being swept up, type of, within the filming of Nashville. His yarns, analyses, and flights of fancy go beyond all regular colors of purple, Blue, and in between.
Roy on language: “Remember while there has been plenty of agitated dialogue of Ebonics, professional and con? I saved awaiting an individual to assert that when you collect white English, you could develop into Clarence Thomas, while in the event you collect black English, you could turn into Quentin Tarantino.”
Roy on consuming: “The method fogeys have been intended to devour is the way in which my family members ate while i used to be transforming into up in Georgia. We ate until we bought tired. Then we went “Whoo!” and leaned again and wholeheartedly expressed how a lot we regretted that we couldn’t summon up the energy, correct then, to devour a few more.”
Roy on racism: “Anybody who claims . . . to not have ‘a racist bone’ in his or her physique is, at most sensible, preracist and has an extended option to cross than the remainder of us.”
Blount’s prior books have incorporated reflections on a Southern president (Jimmy Carter), a unique a couple of Southern president (Clementine Fox), a biography of Robert E. Lee, a party of recent Orleans, a memoir of growing to be up in Georgia, and the definitive anthology of Southern humor. Long Time Leaving is the capper. possibly it won’t finish the Civil warfare ultimately, however it does make clear, or aptly complicate, divisive delusions on each side of the longstanding nationwide rift. It’s a comic book ode to American type and likewise a droll attack on complacency North and South—a wonderful union of numerous items reshaped and increased into an American vintage, from some of the most definitive and esteemed humorists of our time.
By Claude Mauriac
André Breton et les surréalistes ont changé notre imaginative and prescient du monde. Voici les annales de leurs victoires et de leurs défaites. los angeles Révolution, L'Au-delà, Le Réel, Le Surréel, L'Amour : en cinq chapitres denses, rigoureux et documentés, Claude Mauriac se penche sur l'oeuvre et l. a. vie de Breton. Il examine le surréalisme dans ses rapports à l'esthétique, à los angeles politique, à l. a. faith, à l. a. vie comme cryptogramme. L'histoire de los angeles littérature, de Sade à Rimbaud, de Benjamin consistent à Lautréamont, s'en trouve rétrospectivement éclairée. Textes en major, cet essai intransigeant rend justice à un considérable, ainsi qu'à l'école littéraire los angeles plus importante depuis le romantisme où brillèrent, aussi, Aragon, Eluard et Desnos.
By Norman Mailer
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr through THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Norman Mailer used to be one of many towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an stated grasp of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the 1st posthumous ebook from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer’s most vital and consultant paintings within the shape that many rank as his such a lot electrifying.
As America’s most advantageous public highbrow, Norman Mailer was once a ubiquitous presence in our nationwide life—on the airwaves and in print—for greater than sixty years. along with his supple brain and pugnacious personality, he engaged society greater than the other author of his iteration. The trademark Mailer swagger is way in proof in those pages as he holds forth on tradition, ideology, politics, intercourse, gender, and star, between different issues. here's Mailer on boxing, Mailer on Hemingway, Mailer on Marilyn Monroe, and, in fact, Mailer on Mailer—the one topic that served because the beating center of all of his nonfiction.
From his early essay “A Credo for the Living,” released in 1948, while the writer used to be twenty-five, to his ultimate writings within the 12 months sooner than his dying, Mailer wrestled with the massive issues of his instances. He was once some of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar period, a swashbuckling highbrow provocateur who by no means pulled a punch and was once hardly something lower than fascinating. Mind of an Outlaw spans the whole arc of Mailer’s evolution as a author, together with such crucial items as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, “The White Negro”; a number of decisions from his seminal assortment Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Sigmund Freud.
Incendiary, erudite, and unrepentantly outrageous, Norman Mailer used to be a dominating strength at the battlefield of rules. that includes an incisive creation by means of Jonathan Lethem, Mind of an Outlaw varieties a desirable portrait of Mailer’s highbrow improvement around the span of his occupation in addition to the preoccupations of a country within the final half the yankee century.
Praise for Mind of an Outlaw
“[Mailer’s] top and brightest.”—Esquire
“The fifty essays amassed during this retrospective quantity span sixty-four years and exhibit [Norman] Mailer (1923–2007) at his brawny, pugnacious, and egotistical top. . . . This provocative assortment brims with insights and reflections that convey why Mailer is thought of as an exceptional literary brain of his generation.”—Publishers Weekly
“The choices open a window onto the capacious brain and strategy of essentially the most risky intellects of the 20 th century.”—Library Journal
“Vintage Mailer: great, infuriating, witty and not, ever boring.”—Tampa Bay Times
“As reliable an advent to Mailer’s conduct of brain as there’s ever been.”—Kirkus Reviews
“There’s no arguing approximately Mailer the essayist—he used to be notable. . . . those insightful essays train, argue and convince on every thing from politics and literature to movie, philosophy and the human condition.”—Shelf Awareness
From the Hardcover edition.
By Leslie Jamison
From own loss to phantom ailments, The Empathy Exams is a daring and excellent assortment, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay selection of Spring 2014
Beginning together with her event as a clinical actor who was once paid to behave out signs for scientific scholars to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask crucial questions on our simple figuring out of others: How should still we care approximately one another? How do we suppose another's soreness, in particular whilst discomfort could be assumed, distorted, or played? Is empathy a device through which to check or perhaps grade one another? by means of confronting pain―real and imagined, her personal and others'―Jamison uncovers a private and cultural urgency to believe. She attracts from her personal reviews of disorder and physically harm to have interaction in an exploration that extends some distance past her existence, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom illnesses, highway violence to fact tv, disorder to incarceration―in its look for a type of sight formed by means of humility and grace.