Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda comes a collection of his most personal and engaging essays on the literary lifea€”the perfect companion for any lover of books. Michael Dirda has been hailed as qthe best-read person in Americaq (The Paris Review) and qthe best book critic in Americaq (The New York Observer). In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded for his reviews in The Washington Post, he picked up an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for his most recent book, On Conan Doyle. Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the post-moderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galorea€”of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand. Funny and erudite, occasionally poignant or angry, Browsings is a celebration of the reading life, a fan's notes, and the perfect gift for any booklover.... copying favorite passages from my reading for the past 40 years; B3a€”as I sometimes call ita€”is organized by subject and supplemented by miniessays and book lists. ... essays, and memoirs of A. Conan Doyle, starting with my discovery, in 5th grade, of The Hound of the Baskervilles. ... The Weekly Standard published my reflections on the nonfiction of A. J. A. Symons (author of the biographical classic, anbsp;...


Title:Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
Author: Michael Dirda
Publisher:Pegasus Books - 2015-08-15
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