"A reasoned defense of great writers and great literature. . . . The criticism of a writer like Barnes deserves to be celebrated for its prose at the same time as its intelligence—criticism that functions as its own literary property." —San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] blissfully intelligent gathering of literary essays." —Financial Times
"Sparkling. . . . A veritable treasure house of letters on novels and their authors." —The Millions"
The Booker-winning English novelist makes erudite scholarship look easy and effortlessly entertaining." —The Daily Beast
About the Author
Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, three books of short stories, and three collections of journalism. In addition to the Booker Prize, his other honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.