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Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date November 1, 2011
Pages 501
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307957153
ISBN-10 0307957152
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.75 by 9.75 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
Original list price $40.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A collection both intimate and generous of the eloquent, insightful, beautifully written prose works that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009.

This collection of miscellaneous prose opens with a self-portrait of the writer in winter, a Prospero who, though he fears his most dazzling performances are behind him, reveals himself in every sentence to be in deep conversation with the sources of his magic. It concludes with a moving meditation on a modern world robbed of imagination--a world without religion, without art--and on the difficulties of faith in a disbelieving age. In between are previously uncollected stories and poems, a pageant of scenes from seventeenth-century Massachusetts, five late "golf dreams," and several of Updike's commentaries on his own work. At the heart of the book are his matchless reviews--of John Cheever, Ann Patchett, Toni Morrison, William Maxwell, John le Carré, and essays on Aimee Semple McPherson, Max Factor, and Albert Einstein, among others. Also included are two decades of art criticism--on Chardin, El Greco, Blake, Turner, Van Gogh, Max Ernest, and more.

Updike's criticism is gossip of the highest order, delivered in an intimate and generous voice.

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Hardcover
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With John Updike | from Alfred a Knopf Inc (November 1, 2011)
9780307957153 | details & prices | 501 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.75 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A collection both intimate and generous of the eloquent, insightful, beautifully written prose works that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009.
Paperback
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With John Updike | Reprint edition from Random House Inc (September 18, 2012)
9780812983685 | details & prices | 501 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $20.00
About: Here is the collection of nonfiction pieces that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009.

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