The Resource Why I Read : the serious pleasure of books, Wendy Lesser

Why I Read : the serious pleasure of books, Wendy Lesser

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Why I Read : the serious pleasure of books
Title
Why I Read
Title remainder
the serious pleasure of books
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Lesser
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"An exhilarating volume that will ratchet up the joy for all reading groups "Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished little magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe a life lived in and through literature. As Lesser writes in her foreword, "Reading can result in boredom or transcendence, rage or enthusiasm, depression or hilarity, empathy or contempt, depending on who you are and what the book is and how your life is shaping up at the moment you encounter it." Here the reader will discover a definition of literature that is as broad as it is broad-minded. In addition to novels and stories, Lesser explores plays, poems, and essays along with mysteries, science fiction, and memoirs. As she examines these works from such perspectives as "Character and Plot," "Novelty," "Grandeur and Intimacy," and "Authority," Why I Read sparks an overwhelming desire to put aside quotidian tasks in favor of reading. A book in the spirit of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Elizabeth Hardwick's A View of My Own, Why I Read is iconoclastic, conversational, and full of insight. It will delight those who are already avid readers as well as neophytes in search of sheer literary fun"--
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Lesser, Wendy
Dewey number
028/.9
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1003
LC item number
.L543 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Lesser, Wendy
  • Books and reading
  • Literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
Label
Why I Read : the serious pleasure of books, Wendy Lesser
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/201/9780374289201/image/lgcover.9780374289201.jpg
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Publication
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Includes index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374289201
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013033000
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
2013033000
Label
Why I Read : the serious pleasure of books, Wendy Lesser
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/201/9780374289201/image/lgcover.9780374289201.jpg
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374289201
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013033000
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
2013033000

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