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Author Ozick, Cynthia.

Title Fame & folly : essays / by Cynthia Ozick.

Published New York : Alfred Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.


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Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xii, 289 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents 1. T. S. Eliot At 101: "The Man Who Suffers and the Mind Which Creates" -- 2. Alfred Chester's Wig: Images Standing Fast -- 3. Our Kinsman, Mr. Trollope -- 4. What Henry James Knew -- 5. Isaac Babel and the Identity Question -- 6. George Steiner and the Errata of History -- 7. Mark Twain's Vienna -- 8. Saul Bellow's Broadway -- 9. Rushdie in the Louvre -- 10. Of Christian Heroism -- 11. Existing Things -- 12. The Break -- 13. Old Hand as Novice -- 14. Seymour: Homage to a Bibliophile -- 15. Helping T. S. Eliot Write Better (Notes Toward A Definitive Bibliography) -- 16. Against Modernity: Annals of the Temple, 1918-1927 -- 17. "It Takes a Great Deal of History to Produce a Little Literature"
Summary From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between life and art. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays. Written with wit and passion, they touch on the inmost identity of literature and the literary artist - with biographical, historical, and psychological overtones. T. S. Eliot sympathizes with fascists, Isaac Babel rides with Red Cossacks - yet both are luminous shapers of modernism. Modernism itself is resisted by the American cultural establishment.
Henry James, magisterial psychologist, remains at the mercy of his own mysterious psyche. Anthony Trollope's masterliness is obscured, first by charges of writing too much and too fast, and then by cultism. Salman Rushdie's gifts are assailed amid bitter contemporary controversy. And the secret pulse of ambition (and loss) is exposed in the brokenhearted waywardness of the once-celebrated and now nearly forgotten writer Alfred Chester.
Subject American literature -- History and criticism.
English literature -- History and criticism.
Variant Title Fame and folly
ISBN 0679446907