Pieces of my Mind surveys nearly half a century of writing by Frank Kermode - Britain's most distinguished and eloquent literary critic. This selection of his writings from over forty years, including extracts from his most famous books as well as his most significant reviews and occasional pieces shows the diverse subjects that have captured his attention - from Shakespeare, Wallace Stevens and the Bible to Botticelli, opera, memory and forgetting. Pieces of My Mind displays to the fullest the originality, penetration and elegance of Kermode's thinking, and stands as a magnificent example of the importance and enjoyment of criticism.
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"Sublimely erudite, hugely painstaking, free from any obvious axe-grinding, this is a high-water mark of a certain kind of criticism." -- Sunday Times, July 20, 2003 (by Phil Baker)
"The movement of his thinking is through the surface of things; his investigations travel forward, downward, inward." -- Daily Telegraph, July 5, 2003 (by John Lanchester)
"This book shows how criticism in the hands of a master creates permanent value." -- Scotland on Sunday, August 10, 2003 (by John McTernan)
Frank Kermode has been Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English at University College London, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge, and Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard. His previous books include The Genesis of Secrecy, An Appetite for Poetry, The Sense of an Ending, his autobiography, Not Entitled, Shakespeare's Language and Pleasing Myself. He was knighted in 1991.
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