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How to Be Alone: Essays Jonathan Franzen 0312422164 9780312422165 From the National Book Award-winning author ofThe Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining soc
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How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

From the National Book Award-winning author ofThe Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each one wrestles with the essential themes of Franzens writing: the erosion of civil life and private dignity; and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America. Reprinted here for the first time is Franzens controversial l996 investigation of the fate of the American novel in what became known as the Harpers essay, as well as his award-winning narrative of his fathers struggle with Alzheimers disease, and a rueful account of his brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author. Jonathan Franzenwon the National Book Award for fiction forThe Correctionsin 2001, and is the author of two other critically acclaimed novelsThe Twenty-Seventh CityandStrong Motion. He is a frequent contributor toThe New Yorker. He lives in New York City. ANew York TimesNotable Book While the essays in the this collection range in subject matter from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each one wrestles with the essential themes of Franzens writing: the erosion of civil life and private dignity, and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America. Reprinted here for the first time is Franzens controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel in what became known as theHarpersessay, as well as his award-winning narrative of his fathers struggle with Alzheimers disease, and a rueful account of his brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author. This paperback edition ofHow to Be Alonehas been revised and expanded to include the recent essay Mr. Difficult. How to Be Alonereaffirms the novelists prerogative to engage in social criticism. And Franzens calm, passionate critical authority derives not from any special expertise in criminology, neurology, or post science, but rather from the fact that, as a novelist, he is principally concerned with the messy architecture of the self.The New York Times Book Review Captivating . . . The welcome paradox inHow to Be Aloneis that the reader need not feel isolated at all. The author makes himself a colorful presence throughout these essays complete with his slew of improbably attractive quirks . . . Mr. Franzen frequently celebrates the realization that being alone with a good book is the very opposite of an isolating experience. With considerable wit and minimal curmudgeonliness, he also laments the scarcity of such experiences in a culture that is co-opted and consumed by non-literary temptations. He admits to being enough of a purist to think longingly of times when a new book by Thackeray or William Dean Howells was anticipated with the kind of fever that a late-December film release inspires today . . . This collection emphasizes his elegance, acumen, and daring as an essayist, with an intellectually engaging self-awareness as formidable as Joan Didions.Janet Maslin,The New York Times How to Be Alonereaffirms the novelists prerogative to engage in social criticism. And Franzens calm, passionate critical authority derives not from any special expertise in criminology, neurology, or post science, but rather from the fact that, as a novelist, he is principally concerned with the messy architecture of the self.The New York Times Book Review Franzen is one of the most nuanced minds at work in the dwindling republic of letters . . . Do good books matter anymore? This one does.Time A graceful meditation on reading and writin

Author: Jonathan Franzen

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2003-10-01

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