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The Sheep from the Goats: Selected Literary Essays of John Simon

Simon, John

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ISBN 10: 1555841805 / ISBN 13: 9781555841805
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth-backed paper over boards; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. xii, [455]. Inscribed by the author on the FFEP: "For Peter, with the warmest feelings of a contributing editor for a real editor, cordially, John." Book is fine. Dust jacket lightly rubbed, and a little wrinkled along the edges. First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. Bookseller Inventory # JC9487

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Title: The Sheep from the Goats: Selected Literary ...

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Ex - Library Book with all the usual markings. DJ in protective plastic covering. Black marker cross-out on top front DJ. Pages are clean and binding is tight.

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Without referring to prevailing theories of schools of thought, New York magazine drama critic and author ( Ingmar Bergman Directs ) Simon, in these 49 entertaining pieces of book chat, tries to impart "what makes a work or an author sui generis" and how he rates that "particular quiddity." Widely but mistakenly regarded as mainly a negative critic, Simon brings high standards to bear on American, English, French, Slavic, Italian and Hispanic writers. He praises Randall Jarrell's "brilliantly and justly destructive reviews," Ian Hamilton's biography of Robert Lowell, Stevie Smith's verse, Camus's notebooks and the writings of Grass, Kafka, Kundera and Borges, among others. But acknowledging that "in a critic, complaining is often necessary where it hurts most," he castigates Norman Mailer's "usual jumble of megalomania, phantasmagoria, marketable paranoia, and unprovable assertions," Gore Vidal's "want of strong, memorable, living characters" and the limitations of structuralism, semiotics and deconstructionism. He also cannot resist pointing out mistranslations, stylistic infelicities, and grammatical and spelling errors.
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