By John Updike
WINNER OF THE nationwide e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
"Writing feedback is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to crusing within the open sea," writes John Updike in his Foreword to this number of literary concerns. however the sailor doth protest an excessive amount of: This assortment starts someplace close to deep water, with a flotilla of brief fiction, humor items, and private essays, or even the least of the studies here--those that "come approximately and draw even toward the land with one other nine-point quotation"--are uncommon by way of a novelist's type, perception, and accuracy, not only floor sparkle. certainly, as James Atlas commented, the main monstrous severe articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, exit so far as Updike's fiction: they're "the type of formidable scholarly reappraisal now not noticeable during this kingdom because the loss of life of Edmund Wilson." With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike confirmed himself "as an immense and enduring severe voice; certainly, because the pre-eminent critic of his generation."
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Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism by John Updike