The Afterlife


SKU: 9781582433202 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Product ID: 758415


A posthumous collection of literary essays explores the afterlife of the writing community, defined as a legacy experienced in the minds and hearts of their readers; in a volume that includes introductions to major works of literature, reviews of fellow authors, and explorations of lesser-known writers.

From the late novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald, a collection of essays-almost all of them unknown to her countless American admirers-on books, travel, and her own life and work. A good book, wrote John Milton, is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. In this generous posthumous collection of her literary essays and reviews, Penelope Fitzgerald celebrates the life beyond life of dozens of master-spirits–their afterlife not only in the pages of their works but in the minds of their readers, critics, and biographers.

Here are Fitzgerald’s brilliant introductions to the classics–Jane Austen’s Emma, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, the works of Mrs. Oliphant–as well as considerations of recent novels by Barbara Pym, Carol Shields, Roddy Doyle, and Amy Tan. Here too are reviews of several late-twentieth-century literary biographies, including Richard Holmes’s Coleridge, A. N. Wilson’s C. S. Lewis, and Martin Stannard’s Evelyn Waugh-reviews that together form a memorable criticism both of life and the art of life-writing.

ISBN: 9781582433202
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Pub Date: 09/2004
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.26lbs
Size: 9.14h x 6.44w x 1.08d

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Weight 1.26 lbs
Dimensions 9.14 × 6.44 × 1.08 in