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New and Selected Essays.

Literary Essays] Warren, Robert Penn.

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ISBN 10: 0394575164 / ISBN 13: 9780394575162
Published by Random House, New York, 1989
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A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. In the thirteen essays in this collection, five of which have not been published in book form previously, poet and novelist Warren critiques such authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Joseph conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Herman MelvilleJohn Greenleaf Whittier, Robert Frost and John Crowe Ransom. This volume also includes Warrne's famous analysis of Coleridge's "The rime of the ancient Mariner." Catalog Pinot. Bookseller Inventory # 22588

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Title: New and Selected Essays.

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition

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These 13 magisterial literary essays, dating from 1942 to 1973, by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist Warren, contain seven on Coleridge, Conrad, Faulkner, Frost, Hemingway and Melville that were published in Selected Essays (1958). The other six pieces have not previously appeared in book form: studies of Hawthorne and hell-fire; Whittier's poetry as experience; the poetry of John Crowe Ransom; the complex feelings comprised in the writings of Mark Twain; a consideration of fiction as an imaginative enactment that can give us pleasure, and things we hadn't even known we wanted, without any painful consequences; and an exploration of the meaning of American history and what historians, economists and sociologists can learn from the past. The collection is more for students and scholars than general readers.

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All these literary essays are "selected" rather than "new," for though six of the 13 appear in book form for the first time, they were all published in such journals as Kenyon Review and Sewanee Review between the 1940s and late 1970s. Though Warren's fame, earned through his fiction and poetry, will attract readers, most of these essays do not reveal much about their author. They are best approached as introductory pieces on literature, especially on American classics. Warren makes the reader feel safe--almost too safe--in his hands: without undertaking many risks or surprises, he still succeeds in reviewing the key moral and psychological issues. His syntheses of views on fundamental literary themes could be helpful to a broad range of lay readers and undergraduates.
- Donald Ray, Manhattanville Coll. Lib., Purchase, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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