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The Outermost Dream: Essays and Reviews

Maxwell, William

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ISBN 10: 0394574435 / ISBN 13: 9780394574431
Published by Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Rose cloth spine over rose boards, gilt titles. Stated first edition. Literary essays and reviews on a diverse group of writers, contemporary and classic, including Eudora Welty, V. S. Pritchett, Smauel Butler, E.M. Forster, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Isak Dinesen and others. Unread, as-new copy with a remainder mark to top edge and some sticker residue to ffep. DJ near fine with some shelfwear & rubbing. 240 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2212

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Title: The Outermost Dream: Essays and Reviews

Publisher: Alfred A Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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An evocative tribute to writers and artists of note makes real the life and times of such figures as Byron, Virginia Woolf, and Giacommeti through an analysis of their writings.


With the publication of The Outermost Dream, a collection of essays by William Maxwell, Graywolf Press's Rediscovery Series has saved from obscurity yet another literary jewel. Most of these pieces originally appeared in the New Yorker, where Maxwell was a fiction editor for 40 years, on the occasion of the release of a biography, memoir, diary, or collection of correspondence by or about a noted (or not-so-noted) author. Maxwell brings such a stunning combination of intellect and passion to his subject matter that his essays (one can hardly call them mere book reviews) are, as Maxwell expects of great writing, astonishing. Each is a sharply focused miniature, allowing the reader to enter the world that Maxwell describes, whether it be that of a humble 19th-century curate-cum-diarist or the young V. S. Pritchett, who published his first work, a joke in the Paris Herald, while working as a stock clerk for a photographic-plate manufacturer. It is a rare pleasure to find oneself in such capable hands.

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