HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Essays in Criticism and Autobiography.

Lesser, Wendy, editor; Berger, John, Harold Brodkey, and others, contributors.

ISBN 10: 1562790374 / ISBN 13: 9781562790370
Published by San Francisco: Mercury House, (1993) dj, 1993
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. "In thirty provocative and varied essays. known and new writers address what Randall Jarrell called the 'terrible nakedness' of the critic, who becomes everything and nothing, all-important and invisible, in the act of judging works of art." Edited and with an Introduction by Wendy Lesser. Among the contributors are Diane Johnson, Louise Gluck, Robert Pinsky, Gore Vidal, Sigrid Nunez, Robert Hass, Gayle Pemberton, Amy Tan and many others. SIGNED by Lesser on the title page. xii, 328 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket (few spots to top edge of textblock.). Bookseller Inventory # 55221

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Title: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Essays in Criticism ...

Publisher: San Francisco: Mercury House, (1993) dj

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Presents essays by John Berger, Elizabeth Hardwick, Greil Marcus, Susan Sontag, Amy Tan, Gore Vidal, and others, that discuss the process of artistic critism

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These 30 essays from the Threepenny Review are a rich cornucopia of fresh ideas, experiences and perspectives. Harold Brodkey interprets Jane Austen as the inventor of "an imagined public space" which writers from Flaubert to Whitman have extended. Elizabeth Hardwick presents Gertrude Stein as a forerunner of minimalism. Thom Gunn recalls his friendship with spiritual seeker Christopher Isherwood. Susan Sontag decodes the gestures of Japanese puppet theater. Also here are Leonard Michaels on Rita Hayworth's mythic power, Amy Tan on English as spoken in immigrant families, Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan's lyrics, plus Gore Vidal, Diane Johnson, John Berger. Especially impressive are Lars Eighner's autobiographical account of being homeless, W. S. DiPiero's lapidary jottings on modern painters, Irene Oppenheim's tangy reminiscence of waitressing in L.A., Greil Marcus's sociopolitical analysis of The Manchurian Candidate , Natalie Kusz's recollection of her near-fatal childhood accident in Alaska. Lesser, who edits Threepenny Review , has assembled an exhilarating miscellany.
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