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Anthology : selected essays from thirty years of the New York Review of… (edition 1993)

by Robert B. Silvers (Editor), Barbara Epstein

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"This is the first hard-cover anthology offered by The New York Review of Books since the first issue was published in 1963. For thirty years, The New York Review has been publishing essays by some of the world's best writers; this volume gathers together twenty-three of those essays." "The articles include political commentary, such as reflections on the devastation of Vietnam, Dwight Macdonald's visit to President Johnson's 1965 White House arts festival, and Andrei Sakharov's historic essay "How I Came to Dissent." Among the more personal accounts in the anthology are Gore Vidal's portrait of Amelia Earhart, a close friend of his father; Oliver Sacks's story of breaking his leg on a Norwegian mountain top, and Primo Levi's memoir of his last Christmas imprisoned at Auschwitz." "Some of the essays foreshadow contemporary events: Elizabeth Hardwick's moving report on the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1966, and Hannah Arendt's "Reflections on Violence," which examines a "century of wars and revolution," written in 1969. Others, such as Susan Sontag's "On Photography" and Joan Didion's "In El Salvador," led to books that have since become widely known." "Essays on art include Robert Hughes's criticism of the vogue for Andy Warhol and John Richardson's review of the 1980 Picasso retrospective ("a retrospective to end all retrospectives")." "Among essays on literature and music are Robert Lowell's on Sylvia Plath, V.S. Pritchett's on Balzac, Richard Ellmann's on "Joyce at 100," Pierre Boulez's on Mahler, and Igor Stravinsky's (with Robert Craft) on Beethoven." "W.H. Auden reviews Oliver Sacks's first book, Migraine, Gabriele Annan evokes the Berlin origins of Marlene Dietrich, Isaiah Berlin writes on Alexander Herzen, and Jonathan Lieberson on Karl Popper, Joseph Brodsky recalls his friendship with Nadezhda Mandelstam, and Bruce Chatwin gives a chilling portrait of the novelist Ernst Junger as a German officer in occupied Paris."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Anthology: Selected Essays from the First 30 Years of The New York Review of Books, 1963-1993 by Robert B. Silvers (Editor)

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Seminal essays such as Sontag on photography, Isaiah Berlin on Einstein and Zionism, Brodsky on Nadezhda Mandelstam, etc A tiny treasure. ( )
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"This is the first hard-cover anthology offered by The New York Review of Books since the first issue was published in 1963. For thirty years, The New York Review has been publishing essays by some of the world's best writers; this volume gathers together twenty-three of those essays." "The articles include political commentary, such as reflections on the devastation of Vietnam, Dwight Macdonald's visit to President Johnson's 1965 White House arts festival, and Andrei Sakharov's historic essay "How I Came to Dissent." Among the more personal accounts in the anthology are Gore Vidal's portrait of Amelia Earhart, a close friend of his father; Oliver Sacks's story of breaking his leg on a Norwegian mountain top, and Primo Levi's memoir of his last Christmas imprisoned at Auschwitz." "Some of the essays foreshadow contemporary events: Elizabeth Hardwick's moving report on the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1966, and Hannah Arendt's "Reflections on Violence," which examines a "century of wars and revolution," written in 1969. Others, such as Susan Sontag's "On Photography" and Joan Didion's "In El Salvador," led to books that have since become widely known." "Essays on art include Robert Hughes's criticism of the vogue for Andy Warhol and John Richardson's review of the 1980 Picasso retrospective ("a retrospective to end all retrospectives")." "Among essays on literature and music are Robert Lowell's on Sylvia Plath, V.S. Pritchett's on Balzac, Richard Ellmann's on "Joyce at 100," Pierre Boulez's on Mahler, and Igor Stravinsky's (with Robert Craft) on Beethoven." "W.H. Auden reviews Oliver Sacks's first book, Migraine, Gabriele Annan evokes the Berlin origins of Marlene Dietrich, Isaiah Berlin writes on Alexander Herzen, and Jonathan Lieberson on Karl Popper, Joseph Brodsky recalls his friendship with Nadezhda Mandelstam, and Bruce Chatwin gives a chilling portrait of the novelist Ernst Junger as a German officer in occupied Paris."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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