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Forty-six essays drawn from recent work and from earlier selections examine the works of major British, American, and European writers, including Henry Fielding, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and Stendahl
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Balzac

By V.S. Pritchett

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Profile of the many worlds of the renowned 19th-century Russian dramatist by one of the most profound figures in 20th-century literary criticism.
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The essayist, critic, novelist, short story writer, and biographer presents 203 essays on such writers as Gibbon, Cervantes, Balzac, Flaubert, Woolf, Shaw, Twain, Garci+a7a Lorca, Updike, Rushdie, and others.
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Mr. Beluncle

By V.S. Pritchett

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"Like most great comedy," writes Darin Strauss in his Introduction, "Mr. Beluncle makes sport of the Stuffed Shirt, the Hypocritical Pious Gentleman, and the Tyrant, as well as the Big Spender - and all these descriptions fit a single character: Mr. Beluncle himself." One of V. S. Pritchett's most enduring characters, Mr. Beluncle is narcissistic, sanctimonious, and self-indulgent, yet despite these flaws he is undeniably compelling. Readers who follow this quirky British furniture salesman on his seemingly ordinary escapades - shopping for ridiculously expensive houses, attending services at his peculiar church, presiding over a tumultuous family meal - are in for a delightful and disquieting ride.
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Nine works are presented by the English master of the short story
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The Myth Makers

By V.S. Pritchett

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On Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Flaubert, Stendhal, George Sand, Strindberg, Kafka, Borges, Garcia Marquez and other European and Latin American writers.
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Eliciting comparisons to Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, Pritchett's meditative work on Spain is comprised of a string of sketches, woven around the author's musings on the Spanish character.Having lived in Spain for four years during the 1920s, Pritchett is well placed to deliver such a report, and his resulting narrative is both well informed and delightfully written.
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On Swift, Kipling, Conrad, Greene, James, Wilson, Bellow, O'Connor, Lady Murasaki and other English and American writers, characters and exotics.
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