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Penchants and Places: Essays and Criticism Brad Leithauser

Penchants and Places: Essays and Criticism

Brad Leithauser

Published June 30th 1998
ISBN : 9780679429982
Hardcover
289 pages
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 About the Book 

In his first collection of essays and criticism, the celebrated poet and novelist focuses on subjects exceptionally close to his heart. He considers the ghost story as a literary form and through the prism of two of its prominent practitioners -MoreIn his first collection of essays and criticism, the celebrated poet and novelist focuses on subjects exceptionally close to his heart. He considers the ghost story as a literary form and through the prism of two of its prominent practitioners - Henry James and M. R. James. He writes about the spiritual world of Flannery OConnor, the alternate universe of Salman Rushdies Satanic Verses, the mind of H. G. Wells. He brilliantly makes clear for the layperson the possibilities of computer chess and the future of thinking machines, and acquaints us with the biographies of three mathematical geniuses - Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Indias Ramanujan. He also writes about two countries hes lived in and feels passionate about - introducing us to Japan through essays on recently published books by Tanizaki, Kobo Abe, and Murakami- and to Iceland with an homage to Independent People by the Nobel Prize-winning Halldor Laxness, the novel Leithauser calls the book of my life. Provocative, witty, thoughtful, Leithausers new book has the power to kindle and ignite our interest in the uncommon people, places, and things that deeply engage him.