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Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas (Hardback)

By Kirsch, Adam

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A collection of essays from a great poet-critic-intellectual (Daily Beast).

ISBN 9780393243468
Barcode 9780393243468
Published 8 December 2014 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780393243468
ISBN-10 039324346X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 8 December 2014
International Publication Date 17 November 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kirsch, Adam
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 470g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Literature and society, Authors, Pleasure, Meaning (Psychology), Art and literature
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 801.95
Catalogue Code 511430

Description of this Book

In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last seven years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, renowned American critic Adam Kirsch explores the intersection of literature with larger questions about ideas, history, and society. Kirsch has been described as elegant and astute . . . [a] critic of the very first order (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and lives of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E. M. Forster, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. Kirsch quotes G. M. Hopkins: Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone. So, according to Kirsch, shines literature: as an unattainable speed, as a moving beacon. Taken together, the provocative and bold essays in Rocket and Lightship show how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Adam Kirsch is one of the best of our cultural and literary critics. Whether he is dispatching the repellent ideology of Slavoj Zizek or reappraising the literary legacy of E. M. Forster, he writes with stunning force and beautiful lucidity. --Janet Malcolm

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Author's Bio

Adam Kirsch is the author of two collections of poems and several books of poetry criticism. A senior editor at the New Republic and a columnist for Tablet, he also writes for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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