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During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review have observed a trend among some of the best literary essayists and reviewers to situate their criticism in a deeply personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic work being produced in many literary and academic publications. Over time, the Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist
writing. Literary Awakenings collects eighteen essays published over the last three decades that celebrate the writer’s relationship with literature, one that is deeply shaped by experience and remembrance.
The essays gathered here recall disparate awakenings to the influence of literature and discoveries of the many ways in which it enriches nearly every aspect of our lives. Antonio Muñoz Molina describes his education as a writer and a citizen as a form of protest against Franco’s totalitarian regime in Spain. Drawing upon Huckleberry Finn, Wendell Berry meditates on the impulse to escape that literature often invokes, and Judith Pascoe’s tribute to Clarissa confesses to the appeal of reading select literature that initiates one into an exclusive coterie of people. What unites these diverse contributions is the joy of appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. Ronald Koury
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. William H. Pritchard
  3. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Listening to Virginia
  2. Jeffrey Harrison
  3. pp. 1-2
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  1. Part One: Awakening to Literature
  1. A Double Education
  2. Antonio Muñoz Molina
  3. pp. 5-17
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  1. “Apt Admonishment”: Wordsworth as an Example
  2. Seamus Heaney
  3. pp. 18-33
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  1. The Poem and the Path
  2. Andrew Motion
  3. pp. 34-57
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  1. Waterloo, the Story of an Obsession
  2. Louis Simpson
  3. pp. 58-66
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  1. Writer and Region
  2. Wendell Berry
  3. pp. 67-83
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  1. The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry
  2. David Mason
  3. pp. 84-100
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  1. Part Two: Students and Teachers
  1. Talking Back to the Speaker
  2. Clara Claiborne Park
  3. pp. 103-127
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  1. Before I Read Clarissa I Was Nobody: Aspirational Reading and Samuel Richardson’s Great Novel
  2. Judith Pascoe
  3. pp. 128-143
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  1. Learning from Robert Fitzgerald
  2. Dana Gioia
  3. pp. 144-163
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  1. A Pilgrimage to Santayana
  2. Irving Singer
  3. pp. 164-174
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  1. Part Three: Tributes
  1. Last Days of Henry Miller
  2. Barbara Kraft
  3. pp. 177-190
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  1. Prophet against God: William Empson (1906–84)
  2. George Watson
  3. pp. 191-203
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  1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A Memoir
  2. Richard Hornby
  3. pp. 204-214
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  1. Horatio Hornblower
  2. Igor Webb
  3. pp. 215-236
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  1. Part Four: Facing the Text
  1. Nell and I
  2. Joyce Zonana
  3. pp. 239-257
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  1. My Roommate Lord Byron
  2. Thomas M. Disch
  3. pp. 258-263
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  1. Flannery O’Connor Resurrected
  2. Susan Balée
  3. pp. 264-280
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  1. The Pleasures of Reading
  2. Joseph Epstein
  3. pp. 281-302
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  1. Copyrights and Credits
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 307-310
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815653851
Related ISBN
9780815610786
MARC Record
OCLC
968246568
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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