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Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of  D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research.  As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429461
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2009

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“If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked! If to be old and merry be a sin, then many an old host that I know is damned: if to be fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh's lean kine are to be loved…banish plump Jack, and banish all the world!” exclaims Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s legendary creation and the subject of Harold Bloom’s latest. Bloom is a friendly guide leading you through Falstaff’s brilliant vitality, beautiful language, and raw personal charm. For him, Shakespeare’s characters aren’t fictitiousthey are companions by his side through life.
Falstaff: Give Me Life (Shakespeare's Personalities #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501164132
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

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Roger Angell's New Yorker essays combine acute observations of everyday life with reflections, social and personal, of the past. This Old Man collects a number of these, together with a few other writings, that range from baseball to the craft of writing and beyond, always with a focus on the human being at the center of an event or work.  Angell's style allows him to express a leisurely intelligence that encourages thoughtful reflection. His approach is on full display in the title essay, written when he was 92, for it is simultaneously melancholy and affirming.
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ISBN: 9781101971390
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Published: Anchor - October 18th, 2016