Serious Noticing: Selected Essays, 1997-2019

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$30.00  $27.60
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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528
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.6 X 8.5 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
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Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374261160
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About the Author

James Wood is a book critic at The New Yorker and the recipient of a National Magazine Award in criticism. He is the author of several previous essay collections, the novel The Book Against God, and the study How Fiction Works. He is a professor of the practice of literary criticism at Harvard University.

Reviews

"Two voices vie in [Serious Noticing] . . . the professor, stately and composed, guiding the reader through forensically close readings of the text, pointing out fiction's innovations and revolutions--the "failed privacies" of Chekhov's characters, the "unwrapped" consciousness in Virginia Woolf's novels. The other voice--pitched about half an octave higher, blunt, reedy, very winning -- pops up in the essays . . . The reviews and essays settle into a rolling rhythm, pleasing counterpoints." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review

"What makes Wood . . . formidable? The most obvious answer is the crackling sensuousness of his prose. He writes unusually tactile criticism, thick with images you can almost reach out and grasp. . . With criticism like this, who needs fiction?" --Becca Rothfeld, Bookforum

"In the unspooling sentences and paragraphs of the many fine and often seriously dandy essays that follow in this collection . . . Wood shows himself a maestro of tone and inflection. His sustained close attention as he interrogates the writers he loves is genuinely something to behold . . . Wood set off writing in that high canonical tradition that sought to replace Bible study with practical criticism and preachers with English teachers.'" --Tim Adams, Observer