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Book awards: Unknown Masterpieces

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Classic Crimes by William Roughead
The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
The Golovlyov Family by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal by J. R. Ackerley
Letters: Summer 1926 by Marina Tsvetayeva
The Life of Henry Brulard by Stendhal
On the Yard by Malcolm Braly
The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story by Glenway Wescott
The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye
Seven Men by Max Beerbohm
The Unknown Masterpiece / Gambara by Honoré de Balzac
The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger

Award description

In this original collection, several of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books. Here Toni Morrison celebrates a great Guinean storyteller whose novel of mystical adventure and surprising revelation transforms our image of Africa, while Susan Sontag raises the curtain on a distant summer when three of the greatest poets of the twentieth century exchanged love letters like no others. Here too John Updike analyzes the rare art of an English comic genius, Jonathan Lethem considers a hard-boiled and heartbreaking story of prison life, and Michael Cunningham uncovers the secrets of what may well be the finest short novel in modern American literature. Other contributors include such noted authors as Arthur C. Danto, Lydia Davis, Elizabeth Hardwick, Francine Prose, Luc Sante, Colm Tóibín, Eliot Weinberger, and James Wood.


Lucid, polished, provocative, inspiring, these essays are models of critical appreciation, offering personal, impassioned, thoughtful responses to a wide range of wonderful books. Unknown Masterpieces is a treat for all lovers of great writing and a useful and stimulating guidebook for readers eager to venture off literature's beaten tracks.



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