Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education (Paperback)

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Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education (Paperback)


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"Michael Dirda may be as close to the ideal critic as we are likely to get."—Annie Proulx

Surveying the dizzying universe of classic books, Michael Dirda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary essayist, proves himself to be one of the most engaging critics of our time—and great fun to read. Opening with an impassioned critique of modern reading habits, he then presents many of the great, and idiosyncratic, writers he loves most. In this showcase of one hundred of the world's most astonishing books, Dirda covers a remarkable range of literature, including popular genres such as the detective novel and ghost story, while never neglecting the deeper satisfactions of sometimes overlooked classics. Short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for criticism, Bound to Please is a glorious celebration of just how much fun reading can be.
Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at the Washington Post Book World, is the author of An Open Book, Bound to Please, and Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393329636
ISBN-10: 0393329631
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 2007
Pages: 558
Language: English
Dirda consistently demonstrates the power of books to change lives.
— Henry L. Carrigan - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A concentrated compendium of all that has delighted us in Western civilization and literature.
— Carolyn See