A Plea for Eros: Essays

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Picador, 1. apr. 2007 - 240 sider
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From the author of the international bestseller What I Loved, a provocative collection of autobiographical and critical essays about writing and writers.

Whether her subject is growing up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the novel, Hustvedt's nonfiction, like her fiction, defies easy categorization, elegantly combining intellect, emotion, wit, and passion. With a light touch and consummate clarity, she undresses the cultural prejudices that veil both literature and life and explores the multiple personalities that inevitably inhabit a writer's mind. Is it possible for a woman in the twentieth century to endorse the corset, and at the same time approach with authority what it is like to be a man? Hustvedt does. Writing with rigorous honesty about her own divided self, and how this has shaped her as a writer, she also approaches the works of others--Fitzgerald, Dickens, and Henry James--with revelatory insight, and a practitioner's understanding of their art.

 

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A PLEA FOR EROS: Essays

Brukerevaluering  - Kirkus

Engaging collection of literary and personal essays, most previously published, from novelist Hustvedt (What I Loved, 2003, etc.).The author's single most impressive skill, evident in all the best ... Les hele vurderingen

LibraryThing Review

Brukerevaluering  - petterw - LibraryThing

The essays that I truly enjoyed are worth 5 stars, but Hustvedt's elaborate essays on Dickens and James are more suited for afficionados. The rest of the collection is magnificent, warm, inclusive ... Les hele vurderingen

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Yonder
1
A Plea for Eros
45
Gatsbys Glasses
61
An Apologia
75
Eight Days in a Corset
87
Being a Man
95
Leaving Your Mother
105
Living with Strangers
113
911 or One Year Later
119
Personal and Impersonal Words
131
Charles Dickens and the Morbid Fragment
153
Extracts from a Story of the Wounded Self
195
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Om forfatteren (2007)

Siri Hustvedt is the author of The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, which are available from Picador. Her essays on art, Mysteries of the Rectangle, are available from Princeton Architectural Press. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Paul Auster.

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