Hugging the Shore

Hugging the Shore

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD a€œWriting criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea, a€ 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 herea€”those that a€œcome about and draw even closer to the land with another nine-point quotationa€a€”are distinguished by a novelista€™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 Updikea€™s fiction: They are a€œthe sort of ambitious scholarly reappraisal not seen in this country since the death of Edmund Wilson.a€ With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike established himself a€œas a major and enduring critical voice; indeed, as the pre-eminent critic of his generation.a€WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD a€œWriting criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea, a€ writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations.


Title:Hugging the Shore
Author: John Updike
Publisher:Random House - 2013-01-15
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