Broken Estate Essays on Literature and Belief

ISBN-10: 0312429568

ISBN-13: 9780312429560

Edition: 2010

Authors: James Wood

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Published when he was thirty-three,The Broken Estateis the first book of essays by the man who would become one of America's most esteemed literary critics. Ranging in subject from Jane Austen to John Updike, this collection introduced American readers to a new kind of humanist criticism. Wood is committed to judging literature through its connection with the soul, its appeal to our appetites and identities, and he examines his subjects rigorously, without ever losing sight of the mysterious human impulse that has made these works valuable to generations of readers.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 5/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

JAMES WOOD is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. In addition to How Fiction Works, he is the author of two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, a novel, The Book Against God.

Introduction: The Freedom of Not Quite
A Man for One Season
Shakespeare in Bloom
Heroic Consciousness
The All and the If: God and Metaphor in Melville
Half Against Flaubert
Gogol's Realism
What Chekhov Meant by Life
Christian Perversions
Mysticism
The Master of the Not Quite
Occultism
Christian Anti-Semitism
Unreal Presence
Philosophy of Fiction
Thomas Pynchon and the Problem of Allegory
Against Paranoia: The Case of Don DeLillo
Complacent God
The Monk of Fornication: Philip Roth's Nihilism
Julian Barnes and the Problem of Knowing Too Much
Uncertainty
The Broken Estate: The Legacy of Ernest Renan and Matthew Arnold
Acknowledgments
Index
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