Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics (New York Review Books Classics)

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9781590170779: Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics (New York Review Books Classics)
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In this original collection, several of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books. Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa, while Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three of the greatest poets of the twentieth century exchanged love letters like no others. Here too John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius, Jonathan Lethem considers a hard-boiled and heartbreaking story of prison life, and Michael Cunningham uncovers the secrets of what may well be the finest short novel in modern American literature. Other contributors include such noted authors as Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Toibin, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.

Lucid, polished, provocative, inspiring, these essays are models of critical appreciation, offering personal, impassioned, thoughtful responses to a wide range of wonderful books. Unknown Masterpieces is a treat for all lovers of great writing and a useful and stimulating guidebook for readers eager to venture off literature's beaten tracks.

Eliot Weinberger on "Hindoo Holiday" by J.R. Ackerley

Arthur C. Danto on "The Unknown Masterpiece" by Honore de Balzac

John Updike on "Seven Men" by Max Beerbohm

Jonathan Lethem on "On the Yard" by Malcolm Braly

Toni Morrison on "The Radiance of the King" by Camara Laye

Colm Toibin on "The Go-Between" by L.P. Hartley

Francine Prose on "A High Wind in Jamaica" by Richard Hughes

Susan Sontag on "Letters: Summer 1926" by Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke

Luc Sante on "Classic Crimes" by William Roughead

James Wood on "The Golovlyov Family" by Shchedrin

Elizabeth Hardwick on "The Unpossessed" by Tess Slesinger

Lydia Davis on "The Life of Henry Brulard" by Stendhal

Michael Cunningham on "The Pilgrim Hawk" by Glenway Wescott

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