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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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Gathers eighty-two stories that capture the unexpected moments, contradictions, and minor tragedies of modern life
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London Perceived

By V.S. Pritchett

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Here is a distillation of the London experience - a panorama of its history, art, literature, and daily life. Here is the city that Londoners know, a paradox of grandeur and grime, the locus of bustling markets and tranquil parks, of the ancient and modern, of palaces and pubs, of docks and railroad depots. Great Londoners of the past stalk these pages - Wren, Pepys, Defoe, Hogarth, Dickens, and of course, that consummate Londoner, Samuel Johnson, who said, "No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford." And here, too, are the faces of the people inhabiting London today - milkmen and master mariners, dockers and shopkeepers, messengers, Chelsea pensioners, and, inevitably, the London bobby. There is, as well, an analysis of the Londoner himself, enigmatic and enduring, with his remote but insistent respect for law, royalty, and ritual, his affection for argument, his toleration of eccentrics. This new paperback of the original 1962 edition offers a loving tribute to a great city's past and present.
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This collection of twenty-four stories by the acknowledged modern master spans his entire career and includes two stories never before published in this country
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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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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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The eminent English critic and short-story writer reflects, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, on his present day-by-day life and changes in himself and the quality of life over the course of the century
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