Literary Genius: 25 Classic Writers Who Define English and American Literature

Literary Genius: 25 Classic Writers Who Define English and American Literature

by Joseph Epstein, Barry Moser




What constitutes literary genius? This collection of essays focuses on twenty-five English-language writers whose original and enduring works enrich our lives. Renowned portraitist Barry Moser provides a handsome engraving of each writer, together with illustrations based upon their texts.

1. Tom Shippey on Geoffrey Chaucer
2. Lois Potter on William Shakespeare
3. Reynolds Price on John Milton
4. Anthony Hecht on Alexander Pope
5. David Bromwich on Samuel Johnson
6. David Womersley on Edward Gibbon
7. Dan Jacobson on William Wordsworth
8. Hilary Mantel on Jane Austen
9. Frederick Raphael on William Hazlitt
10. Evan Boland on John Keats
11. Daniel Mark Epstein on Nathaniel Hawthorne
12. A. N. Wilson on Charles Dickens
13. Justin Kaplan on Walt Whitman
14. William Pritchard on Herman Melville
15. Paula Marantz Cohen on George Eliot
16. Bruce Floyd on Emily Dickinson
17. David Carkeet on Mark Twain
18. Joseph Epstein on Henry James
19. Elizabeth Lowry on Joseph Conrad
20. Stephen Cox on Willa Cather
21. Robert Pack on Robert Frost
22. Joseph Blotner on William Faulkner
23. John Gross on James Joyce
24. John Simon on T.S. Eliot
25. James L. W. West III on Ernest Hemingway

Joseph Epstein, former editor of the American Scholar, teaches writing and literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of seventeen books.

Barry Moser is world-renowned for his children’s illustrations, engravings, watercolors, and reinterpretations of the classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589880399
Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Joseph Epstein is the author of sixteen books, the most recent of which are Fabulous Small Jews and Envy. For more than twenty years he was editor of The American Scholar. A contributor to The New Yorker, Commentary, the London Times Literary Supplement, and other magazines, he also taught for many years in the English Department at Northwestern University. Barry Moser is an illustrator, author, and designer whose work appears in museums and libraries around the world. He has published nearly three hundred titles. A member of the National Academy of Design, he has served on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design and is currently on the faculty of Smith College.

Table of Contents

The Style of Genius: Introduction   Joseph Epstein     1
Geoffrey Chaucer   Tom Shippey     9
William Shakespeare   Lois Potter     17
John Milton   Reynolds Price     27
Alexander Pope   Anthony Hecht     39
Samuel Johnson   David Bromwich     47
Edward Gibbon   David Womersley     57
William Wordsworth   Dan Jacobson     67
Jane Austen   Hilary Mantel     75
William Hazlitt   Frederic Raphael     87
John Keats   Eavan Boland     95
Nathaniel Hawthorne   Daniel Mark Epstein     103
Charles Dickens   A. N. Wilson     113
Walt Whitman   Justin Kaplan     123
Herman Melville   William H. Pritchard     133
George Eliot   Paula Marantz Cohen     143
Emily Dickinson   Bruce Floyd     153
Mark Twain   David Carkeet     163
Henry James   Joseph Epstein     175
Joseph Conrad   Elizabeth Lowry     185
Willa Cather   Stephen Cox     193
Robert Frost   Robert Pack     203
James Joyce   John Gross     213
T. S. Eliot   John Simon     221
William Faulkner   Joseph Blotner     229
Ernest Hemingway   James L. W. West III     239
Notes on the Contributors     244

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