In this book of new and collected critical essays, Vivian Gornick turns the searching intelligence and honesty of insight that mark her memoirs on ...Show synopsisIn this book of new and collected critical essays, Vivian Gornick turns the searching intelligence and honesty of insight that mark her memoirs on the work - and the lives - of writers she admires, among them Jean Rhys, Willa Cather, Christina Stead, and George Meredith. In doing so, she examines a century of novels of love-in-the-Western-world and comes to see that, for most writers, it is the drama of our angry and frightened selves in the presence of love that is our modern preoccupation.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. Ships From Canada. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding....New. Ships From Canada. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 160 p. Audience: General/trade. From Library Journal Essayist Gornick's (Approaching Eye Level, LJ 9/96) critical incisions are swift and certain, and in this latest collection she performs her literary surgery on writers who pursued in their work or represented personally a fatal flaw of self-knowledge: Kate Chopin, Jean Rhys, Willa Cather, and Hannah Arendt, among others. Gornick is interested in writers who transcend the 19th-century notion of romantic love? she uses the suicide of high-minded Clover Adams, trapped in her marriage to Samuel, as an emblem of that storybook failure. Gornick writes of Rhys that she managed to "'"leave obsession behind"'" and "'"pull from herself the long life of slowly clarifying thought that justifies a writer's life. "'" In one essay, Gornick even deigns to include in her canon "'"tenderhearted men"'"? Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Andre Dubus? who treat in their work the "'"
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