Rocket and Lightship

Rocket and Lightship

Essays on Literature and Ideas

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A collection of essays from a “great poet-critic-intellectual” (Daily Beast).
Adam Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute…[a] critic of the very first order" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last eight years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, Kirsch shows how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art. In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and life of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E. M. Forster, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. Kirsch quotes G. M. Hopkins: "Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone." So shines literature, in these unflinchingly bold and provocative essays—as an illuminating, regenerative, and immortalizing force.

Baker & Taylor
"A collection of essays from a "great poet-critic-intellectual" (Daily Beast). In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last seven years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, renowned American critic Adam Kirsch explores the intersection of literature with larger questions about ideas, history, and society. Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute . . . [a] critic of the very first order" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and lives of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E. M. Forster, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. Kirsch quotes G. M. Hopkins: "Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone." So, according to Kirsch, shines literature: as an unattainable speed, as a moving beacon. Taken together, the provocative and bold essays in Rocket and Lightship show how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, andhow those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art" --

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This book contains essays written by Adam Kirsh, the senior editor of the New Republic and columnist for Tablet, on the power of literature to illuminate questions that can in turn shape the way we view art. The essays were originally published in New Republic, The New Yorker and other scholarly sources over the last eight years. In addition to examining literature in general, he focuses on specific authors both past and present. Selected titles include “Still the Good War,” “The Importance of Being Earnest: David Foster Wallace,” and “Zadie Smith and the Future of the Novel.” Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Examining the work and life of writers past and present, offers a collection of essays that reveal how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way people enjoy art.
Examining the work and life of writers past and present, a critic, poet and intellectual presents a collection of brilliant, far-reaching essays that reveal how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics and politics, and how those questions shape the way we enjoy art.

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Description: xi, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393243468
Branch Call Number: 814 Kir

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