Download E-books Letters to a Best Friend (Excelsior Editions) PDF

By Richard Selzer

A energetic and intimate collection of letters on lifestyles, literature, and paintings from certainly one of America’s best prose stylists.

In 1988, whilst writer and previous general practitioner Richard Selzer spoke back a letter from Peter Josyph, a brand new York artist he had met, he didn't understand that he was once embarking at the such a lot enduring correspondence of his lifestyles. In millions of letters, written in longhand over the process twenty years, Selzer dedicated himself to the epistolary art—an paintings that, even between writers, has develop into more and more infrequent in an age of cellphones, e-mails, and textual content messaging. “Letters are certainly a genre,” Selzer says, “and i believe it’s one of many best.” As this energetic and intimate assortment demonstrates, Richard Selzer is one in every of its grasp practitioners.

In spontaneous, conversational kind, Selzer writes approximately his lifestyles and paintings with the unpredictable imaginative and prescient and sharpness of wit that, in his tales, memoirs, and private essays, have made his recognition as one of many nice prose stylists of his day. it's also the checklist of a friendship. As Peter Josyph feedback in his advent, “With a superb correspondence, as with the blowing among horn avid gamers improvising off each one other’s riffs, it isn’t effortless to assert even if it’s artwork or society since it is either one of them instantaneously. it is a ebook approximately males who price a friendship balanced upon phrases; males for whose friendship the telephone is a thief; males who're happy with the U.S. mail.”

“…collectively [the letters] show a brooding Selzer, a guy regularly doubting himself as a author, doubting his selection to go away surgical procedure; but we additionally see a guy able to hovering to nearly giddy heights, sustained by way of a tart tongue and a bent to veer towards the dramatic. he's a guy of many voices. Selzer and Josyph appear to stabilize each one other—Richard the older regularly encouraging Peter the more youthful, consistently praising … the less-experienced author, who's additionally a painter, playwright, actor, raconteur … Selzer’s letters include Josyph; they solution him in sustained dialog over a protracted interval of time—their cumulative impression of worth to either pupil and customary reader.” — Sewanee Review

“Richard Selzer has lengthy been a favourite of mine. His tales are fascinating.” — Annie Dillard, writer of Tickets for a Prayer Wheel

Richard Selzer is a former health practitioner and professor on the Yale tuition of drugs. he's additionally the writer of many books of brief tales and essays, together with Rituals of Surgery; Confessions of a Knife; The specific position of the Soul; and Knife tune Korea: A Novel, additionally released through SUNY Press. He has been venerated with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a countrywide journal Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the yank clinical Writers Award. He lives in New Haven.

Peter Josyph is a author, painter, actor, and filmmaker. he's writer of Liberty highway: Encounters at flooring Zero; What One guy acknowledged to a different: Talks with Richard Selzer; and The Wounded River: The Civil conflict Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D., which used to be a brand new York instances extraordinary publication in 1993. He directed the award-winning documentary Liberty road: Alive at flooring Zero. He lives on lengthy Island.

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Download E-books The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (Plus) PDF

By Alan Jacobs

The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and conversing beasts, centaurs and epic battles among stable and evil -- these kinds of became part of our collective mind's eye during the vintage volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. over the last part century, young children all over the place have escaped into this global and extremely joyful in its wonders and enchantments. but what we do comprehend of the fellow who created Narnia? This biography sheds new gentle at the making of the unique Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself.

Lewis used to be one of many highbrow giants of the 20 th century and arguably the main influential spiritual author of his day. An Oxford don and student of medieval literature, he enjoyed to discuss philosophy at his neighborhood pub, and his wartime proclaims at the fundamentals of Christian trust made him a star in his local Britain. but probably the most interesting facets of Clive Staples Lewis is still a secret. How did this middle-aged Irish bachelor flip to the writing of news for kids -- tales that may turn into one of the most well liked and cherished ever written?

Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the tale of the unique Narnian. From Lewis's early life days in eire twiddling with his brother, Warnie, to his awful reports within the trenches in the course of global struggle I, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien (and different contributors of the "Inklings"), and his awesome late-life marriage to pleasure Davidman, Jacobs lines the occasions and other people that formed Lewis's philosophy, theology, and fiction. the result's even more than a standard biography of Lewis: Jacobs tells the tale of a profound and impressive mind's eye. in the event you grew up with Narnia, or for these simply studying it, The Narnian tells a notable story of a guy who knew nice loss and nice satisfaction, yet who knew certainly that the realm holds way more richness and that means than the typical eye can see.

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Download E-books Archibald MacLeish: Reflections PDF

"During the final 5 years of his lifestyles MacLeish participated during this sequence of interviews tracing his occupation as a poet, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and guy of letters. He speaks candidly of his scholar years, his 'expatriate interval' in Paris, and his next writing and instructing. The editor/interviewers have properly requested in simple terms short, perceptive questions, leaving the highlight at the poet. His language is colloquial, and the variety of his writing event, and neighbors should still turn out attention-grabbing to readers."--Library Journal

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Download E-books Theodore Dreiser - American Writers 102: University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers (University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers (Paperback)) PDF

Theodore Dreiser - American Writers 102 used to be first released in 1972. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique college of Minnesota Press editions.

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Download E-books Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig PDF

By Oliver Matuschek

Drawing on an outstanding wealth of newly to be had resources, this definitive biography recounts the eventful lifetime of a good author spoilt by means of success-a lifestyles lived within the shadow of 2 international wars, and which ended tragically in a suicide pact.
Matuschek examines 3 significant stages within the lifetime of the world-famous Austrian author-his years of apprenticeship, his years of good fortune as a certified operating author in Salzburg, and eventually his years of exile in Britain, the us and Brazil.
together with one of these own element conspicuously absent from Zweig's memoir, and incorporating newly found records, Matuschek's biography deals us a privileged view into the personal international of the grasp of mental perception.

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Download E-books Alice Munro: A Double Life PDF

Canadian-born Alice Munro has demonstrated herself as one of many world's best modern brief story-writers. because the ebook of her first assortment, Dance of the chuffed colours in 1968, she has tantalized a gradually increasing readership together with her skill to give, "ordinary lifestyles in order that apparently luminous, invested with a type of magic." In Alice Munro: A Double existence, the 1st full-length biography of Munro, Ross charts the improvement of Munro as a wife/mother and severe author, and her fight to stability the calls for of this "double life."

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Download E-books Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881 PDF

By Joseph Frank

This 5th and ultimate quantity of Joseph Frank's justly celebrated literary and cultural biography of Dostoevsky renders with an extraordinary intelligence and style the decade of the writer's existence, the years within which he wrote A uncooked formative years, Diary of a Writer, and his crowning triumph: The Brothers Karamazov.

Dostoevsky's ultimate years eventually gained him the common approval towards which he had consistently aspired. whereas describing his idiosyncratic courting to the Russian nation, Frank additionally info Doestoevsky's carrying on with rivalries with Turgenev and Tolstoy. Dostoevsky's visual appeal on the Pushkin competition in June 1880, which preceded his loss of life by means of three hundred and sixty five days, marked the apotheosis of his career--and of his lifestyles as a spokesman for the Russian spirit. There he brought his recognized speech on Pushkin prior to an viewers stirred to a feverish emotional pitch: "Ours is universality attained no longer by way of the sword, yet by way of the strength of brotherhood and of our brotherly striving towards the reunification of mankind." this can be the Dostoevsky who has entered the patrimony of worldwide literature, even though he was once now not regularly able to dwelling as much as such exalted ideals.

The writer's dying in St. Petersburg in January of 1881 concludes this extraordinary literary biography--one really important of Dostoevsky's genius and of the amazing time and position within which he lived.

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Download E-books Rhys Davies (University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales) PDF

 

Rhys Davies (1901–78) used to be a hugely prolific author and one of many first novelists to depict business Wales, making his sixty-year profession a seminal impression of Welsh literary tradition. Davies was once a classy determine himself: a homosexual guy who grew up as a shopkeeper’s son within the Rhondda, he finally left Wales to jot down approximately his native land in England. This quantity unravels his nationwide event and its deep ties to advanced problems with type, sexuality, and gender, because it follows a occupation thought of to be that of “the consultant Welshman.”

 

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