Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism

Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism

John Updike


WINNER OF THE nationwide booklet CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing feedback is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to crusing within the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this number of literary concerns. however the sailor doth protest an excessive amount of: This assortment starts off someplace close to deep water, with a flotilla of brief fiction, humor items, and private essays, or even the least of the studies here—those that “come approximately and draw even towards the land with one other nine-point quotation”—are amazing by means of a novelist’s variety, perception, and accuracy, not only floor sparkle. certainly, as James Atlas commented, the main massive severe articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, exit so far as Updike’s fiction: they're “the type of formidable scholarly reappraisal no longer noticeable during this state because the demise of Edmund Wilson.” With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike tested himself “as a massive and enduring severe voice; certainly, because the pre-eminent critic of his generation.”

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