Hugging the Shore

Hugging the Shore

Essays and Criticism

Book - 1983
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“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere near deep water, with a flotilla of short fiction, humor pieces, and personal essays, and even the least of the reviews here—those that “come about and draw even closer to the land with another nine-point quotation”—are distinguished by a novelist’s style, insight, and accuracy, not just surface sparkle. Indeed, as James Atlas commented, the most substantial critical articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, go out as far as Updike’s fiction: They are “the sort of ambitious scholarly reappraisal not seen in this country since the death of Edmund Wilson.” With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike established himself “as a major and enduring critical voice; indeed, as the pre-eminent critic of his generation.”

Baker & Taylor
Composed chiefly of Updike's book reviews of the past eight years, this collection includes pieces on Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, and Muriel Spark, on actresses Doris Day and Louise Brooks and an appendix of imaginary interviews, humorous pieces, and essays

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1983
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394531793
Branch Call Number: 814.54 UPD
Characteristics: xx, 919 p. ; 22 cm


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