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Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism

Updike, John

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ISBN 10: 0307957152 / ISBN 13: 9780307957153
Published by Knopf, U.S.A., 2011
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. Attached to half-title page is a bookplate SIGNED by John Updike: "My best- John Updike". Bookplate signed in late 1990's. $40.00 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. 498 pages. Also includes laid-in the original reviews from New York times Book Review and Philadelphia Inquirer Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 029597

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Title: Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism

Publisher: Knopf, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: AUTHOR SIGNATURE

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection both intimate and generous of the eloquent, insightful, beautifully written prose works that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009.

This collection of miscellaneous prose opens with a self-portrait of the writer in winter, a Prospero who, though he fears his most dazzling performances are behind him, reveals himself in every sentence to be in deep conversation with the sources of his magic. It concludes with a moving meditation on a modern world robbed of imagination--a world without religion, without art--and on the difficulties of faith in a disbelieving age. In between are previously uncollected stories and poems, a pageant of scenes from seventeenth-century Massachusetts, five late "golf dreams," and several of Updike's commentaries on his own work. At the heart of the book are his matchless reviews--of John Cheever, Ann Patchett, Toni Morrison, William Maxwell, John le Carré, and essays on Aimee Semple McPherson, Max Factor, and Albert Einstein, among others. Also included are two decades of art criticism--on Chardin, El Greco, Blake, Turner, Van Gogh, Max Ernest, and more.

Updike's criticism is gossip of the highest order, delivered in an intimate and generous voice.

About the Author:

John Updike was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, an earlier collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He died in January 2009.
 
Christopher Carduff, the editor of this volume, is a member of the staff of The Library of America.

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