From Library Journal
A novelist ( The Exquisite Corpse , LJ 2/15/67) and writer of short fiction ( Behold Goliath , LJ 6/1/64), Chester remains better known for his journalism than his criticism. The editor of this collection has gathered together, in what is obviously a labor of love, Chester's contributions to many publications over the years like the New York Review of Books , Book World , Commentary , the Partisan Review , the Paris Review , and smaller European journals. These essays, book reviews, and columns comment on John Updike, William Burroughs, J.D. Salinger, and a host of other contemporary authors. The collection closes with "Letter from a Wandering Jew," a previously unpublished account of the expatriate author's attempt to find a home in Israel. Chester's mind is original, his reviews irreverent and entertaining. Yet, with the possible exception of the last piece and the Genet essay, these writings are not strong enough to attract many new readers or affect Chester's reputation.- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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"Chester was a glorious writer, tough as nails, with an exquisite ear for the false note. His review of John Rechy's City of Night is murderously funny, absolutely unfair, and totally true a trick that only a high critic knows how to pull off." --Gore Vidal