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Higher gossip : essays and criticism / John Updike ; edited by Christopher Carduff.

Updike, John. (Author). Carduff, Christopher. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780307957177 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0307957179 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 501 pages) : illustrations, facsimile
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

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General Note: Includes index.
"This is a Borzoi Book"--t.p. verso.
Formatted Contents Note: Real Conversation -- The Writer in Winter -- A Desert Encounter -- Nessus at Noon -- The Football Factory -- The Beloved -- The Lens Factory -- Five Poems : Basium XVI ; Head of a Girl, at the Met ; Cafeteria, Mass. General Hospital ; An Hour Without Color ; Not Cancelled Yet -- Book Chat -- Humor in Fiction -- Lives and Laurels : Soren Kierkegaard ; F. Scott Fitzgerald ; Ernest Hemingway ; Kurt Vonnegut ; L. E. Sissman ; Raymond Carver -- Forewords and afterwords : The Haunted Major, by Robert Marshall ; The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, edited by Robert Kimball ; The Luzhin Defense, by Vladimir Nabokov ; The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison -- Works and Days : The Changeling ; Back-Chat, Funny Cracks ; Imperishable Maxwell ; Basically Decent -- Fiction Now : Hugger-Mugger ; Classics Galore ; A Boston Fable ; Nan, American Man ; An Upstate Saga ; Relative Strangers ; Dreamy Wilderness -- Americana: Famous Aimee ; Laissez-faire is More ; Makeup and Make-Believe ; Sparky from St. Paul --
Gallery Tours -- Old Masters : A Wistful Wurzburger ; Singular in Everything ; More Light on Delft ; Plain and Simplified -- Romantics and Realists : "Therefore I Print" ; Innerlichkeit and Eigentumlichkeit ; Splendid Lies ; A Lean and Optical Dane ; Lear Far and Near ; The Artist as Trailblazer -- Van Gogh and Seurat : Uncertain Skills, Determined Spirit ; The Purest of Styles ; Pointillism in Black and White -- Secessionists and Surrealists : Can Genitals Be Beautiful? ; New Kind on the Block ; Beyond Real ; The Enduring Magritte ; Jean Ipousteguy -- Photographers : Visual Trophies ; Aftermaths -- Pet Topics -- The Universe : The Valiant Swabian ; Visions of Mars ; Extreme Dinosaurs -- The Commonwealth : Harvard Square in the Fifties ; Ipswich in the Seventies ; Three Texts from Early Ipswich ; Lovell Thompson ; Open Spaces ; Memoirs of a Massachusetts Golfer -- The Game : In Love with a Wanton ; Playing with Better Players ; Walking Insomnia ; Lost Balls ; Being Senior --
Table Talk -- The End of Authorship -- In Defense of the Amateur Reader -- A Poetics of Book Reviewing -- An American View of English Fiction -- Comment on "Poetry's Failure in the Marketplace" -- Foreword to the 1982 Edition of The Carpentered Hen -- Introduction to the 1977 Edition of The Poorhouse Fair -- From the Afterword to Buchanan Dying -- Reply to Paul Boyer's Appraisal of Memories of the Ford Administration -- Letter to Rosemary Herbert, Book Review Editor of the Boston Herald, Anent Gertrude and Claudius -- Introduction to Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels -- Foreword to The Early Stories: 1953-1975 -- Foreword to Too Far to Go: The Maples Stories -- Note on "The Indian" -- Note on Bech: His Oeuvre -- Replies to Three Questions About Licks of Love -- The Original Ending of Self-Consciousness -- On One's Own Style -- Letter Included as an Afterword to the introduction of Updike in Cincinnati -- The Courage of Ballplayers -- Post-Hubble Astronomy -- On "The American Idea" -- Commencement Address, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1993 -- Accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Summary, etc.: A collection of the eloquent, insightful, and beautifully written prose works that Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009, this book opens with a self-portrait of the writer in winter--a Prospero who, though he fears his most dazzling performances are behind him, reveals himself in every sentence to be in deep conversation with the sources of his magic.
Source of Description Note: Description based on print version record.
Subject: Updike, John.
Genre: Electronic books.

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