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Read online Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments Intimate humorous and insightful Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda book critic of the em Washington Post em and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism From a first reading of Beckett and Faulkner at the feet of an inspirational high school English teacher to a meeting of the P G Wodehouse Society from an obsession with Nabokov s em Lolita em to the discovery of the Japanese epic em The Tale of Genji em these essays chronicle a lifetime of literary enjoyment by Michael Dirda

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Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments
Title:Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments
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Number of Pages:240
Category:essays, books-about-books, non-fiction, literary-criticism, literature, writing, criticism
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p A passionate lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures Pulitzer Prize winning critic Michael Dirda is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups Combining memoir and appreciation i On Conan Doyle i is a highly engaging personal introduction to Holmes s creator as well as a rare insider s account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars p p p p Because Arthur Conan Doyle wrote far more than the mysteries involving Holmes this book also introduces readers to the author s lesser known but fascinating writings in an astounding range of other genres A prolific professional writer Conan Doyle was among the most important Victorian masters of the supernatural short story an early practitioner of science fiction a major exponent of historical fiction a charming essayist and memoirist and an outspoken public figure who attacked racial injustice in the Congo campaigned for more liberal divorce laws and defended wrongly convicted prisoners He also wrote novels about both domestic life and contemporary events including one set in the Middle East during an Islamic uprising as well as a history of World War I and in his final years controversial tracts in defense of spiritualism p p p p i On Conan Doyle i describes all of these achievements and activities uniquely combining skillful criticism with the story of Dirda s deep and enduring affection for Conan Doyle and his work This is a book for everyone who already loves Sherlock Holmes Dr Watson and the world of B Baker Street or for anyone who would like to know more about them but it is also a much needed celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle s genius for every kind of storytelling p p p, Michael Dirda has been hailed as the best read person in America The Paris Review and the best book critic in America 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 i On Conan Doyle i br br 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 br br As admirers of his earlier books will expect there are annotated lists galore 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, No description available, From the book To keep a home library attractive and bright requires a little care and a lot of common sense You don t need to treat books like delicate S vres vases liable to self destruct at the mere presence of a toddler but neither should they be manhandled like the morning newspaper Take care of the books you have and you will have books worth taking care of Michael Dirda