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Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas Hardcover – November 17, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039324346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393243468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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This book made me want to write, to take part in the discourse, and to read everything ever written. Kirsch's series of essays are sequenced perfectly. The ideas bounce off each other and get bigger, better, more idiosyncratic, and more inspiring the longer the book goes on. If only all criticism could be this thought provoking, considerate and transcendent.
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Borrowed from the New York Society Library.

These 19 essays were written by Adam Kirsch over the past eight years and have appeared in a number of American publications including the "New Republic" and the "New Yorker".

He analyzes great writers and the literature they create, but his essays themselves become a kind of literature; as he writes: "the critic expresses his own sense of life through his responses to other minds and sensibilities."

These essays are wonderful examples of that sort of intellectual journey. And, in a very personal sense, worthy examples of the sort of criticism I hope to bring to life in my own reviews of works here on Amazon.

Robert C. Ross
March 2016
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Very reflective and thought provoking. Kirsch has real depth and appreciation for the issues artists and writers face concerning the meaning of their work.
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