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The Pritchett Century (Modern Library) by V.S. Pritchett 0679602445 9780679602446
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The Pritchett Century (Modern Library) by V.S. Pritchett

If, as they say, I am a Man of Letters, I come, like my fellows, at the tail-end of a long and once esteemed tradition in English and American writing. We have no captive audience. We do not teach. We write to be readable and to engage the interest of what Virginia Woolf called the common reader. In a life that spanned almost the entire course of the twentieth century--he was born in 1900 and died in 1997--Sir Victor Pritchett mastered nearly every form of literature: the novel, short fiction, travel writing, biography, criticism, and memoir. Now, Sir Victors son Oliver has selected representative samples to illustrate the tremendous scope of his fathers brilliance. Included in this volume are sections of Pritchetts memoirs, A Cab at the Door and Midnight Oil; his reflections on turning eighty; and an account of a visit to the Appalachians written in 1925. There are also portraits of Dublin, New York, the Amazon, and Spain; selections from the novels Dead Man Leading and Mr. Beluncle; thirteen complete short stories; excerpts from biographies of Turgenev and Chekhov; and critical pieces on Twain, Scott, Dickens, Eliot, Henry James, Tolstoy, Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, and others. Pritchett has lived as a man of letters must, by his pen, and he has done it with a freshness of interest and an infectious curiosity that have never waned, observed novelist Mar- garet Drabble. Taken together with Oliver Pritchetts appreciation of his father, and John Bayleys In Memoriam, The Pritchett Century stands as the most comprehensive collection of Sir Victors work available in one volume. The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hard-bound editions of important works of liter-ature and thought. For the Modern Librarys seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inau-gurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the worlds best books, at the best prices. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: V.S. Pritchett

Language: English

Edition: Modern library ed

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 704

Publisher: Modern Library

Publication Date: 1997-11-11

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ISBN: 0679602445

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