Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

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A collection of essays from a a€œgreat poet-critic-intellectuala€ (Daily Beast). Adam Kirsch has been described as qelegant and astutea€b[a] critic of the very first orderq (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last eight years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, Kirsch shows how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art. In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and life 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: qNor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone.q So shines literature, in these unflinchingly bold and provocative essaysa€”as an illuminating, regenerative, and immortalizing force.Preface. a€œI. tis important, therefore, to hold fast to this: that poetry is at bottom a criticismof life.a€ Matthew Arnolda#39;s formulation, which he advanced in his essay on Wordsworth and returned toin later essays, has never quite recovered from theanbsp;...

Title:Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas
Author:Adam Kirsch
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-11-17


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