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Pleasant Words & Ugly Books
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Pleasant Words & Ugly Books

“Then shall I dare these real ills to hide
In tinsel trappings of poetic pride?”

—George Crabbe

English must be kept up. It rarely is. But what a splendid collection of offenses against it is in D.J. Enright’s book

The Critical Temper
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The Critical Temper

Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic by David Bromwich; Oxford University Press, New York.

T.S. Eliot: A Study in Character and Style by Ronald Bush; Oxford University Press, New York.

I stumbled on Hazlitt while I was still in college

Pop Biography
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Pop Biography

Gilbert A. Harrison: The Enthusiast: A life of Thornton Wilder; Ticknor & Fields; New Haven CT.

by Ronald Berman

Thornton Wilder was a hugely successful writer and evidently a very good man. As to the first, in 1927 The

Dark Contract
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Dark Contract

Matthew Bruccoli is, perhaps, the leading biographer of modern American novelists. With this book he scores something of a triple, as it appeared soon after his acclaimed lives of Fitzgerald and O’Hara. Like his other works, it is exceptionally well-produced.