Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - A gallery of unforgettable portraits—of virginia woolf and zelda fitzgerald, hedda gabler, a major writer’s reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle—as well as a provocative reading of such works as Wuthering Heights, and the poems of Sylvia Plath, Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso performance, writing and life.
. The novelist and essayist elizabeth hardwick is one of contemporary America’s most brilliant writers, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, and Seduction and Betrayal, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism.
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - The first-ever collection of essays from across Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for decades. Elizabeth hardwick wrote during the golden age of the American literary essay. Selected and with an introduction by darryl pinckney, the Collected Essays gathers more than fifty essays for a fifty-year retrospective of Hardwick’s work from 1953 to 2003.
For hardwick, ” writes pinckney, “the poetry and novels of America hold the nation’s history. Here is an exhilarating chronicle of that history. She contemplates writers’ lives—women writers, letters, Americans abroad—and the literary afterlife of biographies, rebels, and diaries. In the essays collected here she covers civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, Wharton—and the changes in American fiction, describes places where she lived and locations she visited, and writes about the foundations of American literature—Melville, James, though her reading is wide and international.
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books Classics #ad - For hardwick, a serious form, the essay was an imaginative endeavor, criticism worthy of the literature in question.
The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Individual lives and the life of new York, the setting or backdrop for most of these stories, are strikingly and memorably depicted in Hardwick’s beautiful and razor-sharp prose. A young woman returns from New York to her childhood Kentucky home and discovers the world of difference within her. Elizabeth hardwick was one of America’s great postwar women of letters, celebrated as a novelist and as an essayist.
A girl’s boyfriend is not quite good enough, light and cool, revealing nothing except pure possibility, his “silvery eyes, like a coin in hand. A magazine editor’s life falls strangely to pieces after she loses both her husband and her job. This first collection of Hardwick’s short fiction reveals her brilliance as a stylist and as an observer of contemporary life.
The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books Classics #ad - Until now, the new yorker, with her work tucked away in the pages of the periodicals—such asPartisan Review, however, her slim but remarkable achievement as a writer of short stories has remained largely hidden, and The New York Review of Books—in which it originally appeared.
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their CircleFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - The crisis of lowell’s the dolphin was profoundly affecting to everyone surrounding him, and Bishop’s warning to Lowell—“art just isn’t worth that much”—haunts. The correspondence between one of the most famous couples of twentieth-century literatureThe Dolphin Letters offers an unprecedented portrait of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick during the last seven years of Lowell’s life 1970 to 1977, a time of personal crisis and creative innovation for both writers.
. Lowell and hardwick are acutely intelligent observers of marriages, and friends, children, and of the feelings that their personal crises gave rise to. The dolphin letters, masterfully edited by saskia hamilton, is a debate about the limits of art—what occasions a work of art, what moral and artistic license artists have to make use of their lives as material, what formal innovations such debates give rise to.
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle #ad - Centered on the letters they exchanged with each other and with other members of their circle—writers, and Adrienne Rich—the book has the narrative sweep of a novel, Caroline Blackwood, Mary McCarthy, and publishers, friends, intellectuals, telling the story of the dramatic breakup of their twenty-one-year marriage and their extraordinary, including Elizabeth Bishop, but late, reconciliation.
Lowell’s controversial sonnet-sequence the dolphin for which he used hardwick’s letters as a source and his last book, Day by Day, were written during this period, as were Hardwick’s influential books Seduction and Betrayal: Essays on Women in Literature and Sleepless Nights: A Novel.
Speedboat NYRB ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Above all, wry, there was its voice, ambivalent, the voice of Jen Fain, curious, a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Reading it was a pleasure of a new, unexpected kind. A touchstone over the years for writers as different as David Foster Wallace and Elizabeth Hardwick, Speedboat returns to enthrall a new generation of readers.
. Party guests, taxi drivers, presidents, brownstone dwellers, journalists, professors, and debutantes fill these dispatches from the world as Jen finds it. It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel, but it wore its unconventionality with ease. When speedboat burst on the scene in the late ’70s it was like nothing readers had encountered before.
The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972-1973Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - He was warned by many, among them Elizabeth Bishop, that “art just isn’t worth that much. Nevertheless, and a moving record of lowell’s change from one life and marriage in America to a new life on new terms with a new family in England, these poems are a powerful document of an impulsive love, rendered with the stunning technical power and control for which he was so celebrated.
I have sat and listened to too manywords of the collaborating muse, and plotted perhaps too freely with my life, not avoiding injury to others, not avoiding injury to myself—to ask compassion . This book, half fiction, an eelnet made by man for the eel fightingmy eyes have seen what my hand did. Winner of the 1974 pulitzer prize in poetry, the dolphin was controversial from the beginning: many of the poems include the letters that Robert Lowell’s wife, the celebrated writer and critic Elizabeth Hardwick, wrote to him after he left her for the English socialite and writer Caroline Blackwood.
The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972-1973 #ad - . This new edition, which follows the 1973 edition, includes scans of the pages of Lowell’s original manuscript, giving us a look into the brilliant and complicated mind of one of our most beloved and distinguished poets.
Pitch Dark NYRB ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - What else. The complications and contradictions pursue her from a house in rural Connecticut to a brownstone apartment in New York City, to a small island off the coast of Washington, to a pitch black night in backcountry Ireland. Kate ennis is poised at a critical moment in an affair with a married man. What’s new.
What’s happened here. Pitch dark is a book about love. Composed in the style of renata adler’s celebrated novel Speedboat and displaying her keen journalist’s eye and mastery of language, both simple and sublime, Pitch Dark is a bold and astonishing work of art. What next.
Mysteries of Small Houses: Poems Penguin PoetsPenguin Books #ad - Alice notley vividly reconstructs the mysteries, longings, and emotions of her past in this brilliant new collection of poems that charts her growth from young girl to young woman to accomplished artist. In this volume, memories of her childhood in the California desert spring to life through evocative renderings of the American landscape, circa 1950
Like the colorful collages she assembles from paper and other found materials, Notley erects structures of image and feeling to house the memories that swirl around her in the present. In their feverish, intelligent renderings of moments both precise and ephemeral, Notley's poems manage to mirror and transcend the times they evoke.
Mysteries of Small Houses: Poems Penguin Poets #ad - Her profound tributes to the stages of her life and to the identities she has assumed—child, and widow—are remarkable for their insight and wisdom, wife, mother, youth, friend, poet, lover, and for the courage of their unblinking gaze. As she looks backward with the perspective that time and age allows, Notley ably captures the immediacy of youth's passion while offering her own dry-eyed interpretations of the events of a life lived close to the bone.
Likewise, her coming of age as a poet in the turbulent sixties is evoked through the era's angry, creative energy.
Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan SontagRiverhead Books #ad - From the author of the Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award. The masterpiece of the ‘I knew Susan’ minigenre" – A. O. Described by nunez as “a natural mentor” who saw educating others as both a moral obligation and a source of endless pleasure, Sontag inevitably infected those around her with her many cultural and intellectual passions.
Scott, the new york timesa poignant, intimate memoir of one of America’s most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute. In this poignant, “someone who held such an exalted, intimate memoir, as an early model, Nunez speaks of her gratitude for having had, unironic view of the writer’s vocation.
Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag #ad - Published more than six years after Sontag’s death, Sempre Susan is a startlingly truthful portrait of this outsized personality, who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation. As sontag told nunez, “who says we have to live like everyone else?” Sontag’s influence on Nunez, who went on to become a successful novelist, would be profound.
Sontag introduced nunez to her son, the writer David Rieff, and the two began dating. Soon nunez moved into the apartment that Rieff and Sontag shared. Sigrid nunez was an aspiring writer when she first met Susan Sontag, blinding intelligence, already a legendary figure known for her polemical essays, and edgy personal style.
Screen Tests: Stories and Other WritingHarper Perennial #ad - The series of essays that follow, and barbara loden, on figures central to Zambreno’s thinking, including Kathy Acker, are manifestoes about art, David Wojnarowicz, that ingeniously intersect and chime with the stories that came before them. If thomas bernhard's and fleur jaeggy's work had a charming, slightly misanthropic baby—with Diane Arbus as nanny—it would be Screen Tests.
The result is a very funny, utterly original look at cultural figures and tropes and what it means to be a human looking at humans. Amber sparks“in screen tests, a voice who both is and is not the author picks up a thread and follows it wherever it leads, leaping from one thread to another without quite letting go, creating a delicate and ephemeral and wonderful portrait of how a particular mind functions.
Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing #ad - Call them stories after lydia Davis, reports after Gerald Murnane, or screen tests inventing a new genre altogether like Antoine Volodine. Kate zambreno turns her precise and meditative pen toward a series of short fictions that are anything but small. 1 brooklyna new work equal parts observational micro-fiction and cultural criticism reflecting on the dailiness of life as a woman and writer, Green Girl, from the acclaimed author of Heroines, on fame and failure, aging and art, and O Fallen Angel.
In the first half of kate zambreno’s astoundingly original collection screen Tests, meditating on aging and vanity, along with portraits of everyone from Susan Sontag to Amal Clooney, the narrator regales us with incisive and witty swatches from a life lived inside a brilliant mind, writing and writers, fame and failure, Maurice Blanchot to Louise Brooks.
These are marvelously fugitive pieces, with a quite lovely Calvino-esque lightness, carefully composed while giving the impression of being effortless, that are a joy to try to keep up with. Brian Evenson.