Length: 416 Pages
The selected essays of James Wood - our greatest living literary critic and author of How Fiction Works
'James Wood is a close reader of genius... By turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered' John Banville
James Wood is our greatest modern literary critic. Here, for the first time, are his selected essays. From the career-defining 'Hysterical Realism' to his more personal reflections on family, religion and sensibility, Serious Noticing offers a comprehensive overview of his writing over the last twenty years. These essays offer more than a viewpoint - they show how to bring the eye of critical reading to life as a whole.
'James Wood is one of literature’s true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness' Susan Sontag
Length: 416 Pages
"James Wood is one of literature’s true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness"
"Like all good critics, James Wood is a story-teller of the art of reading, recreating the experience on the page for us’"
"James Wood is a close reader of genius... By turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered"
"The most urgent and morally demanding critic around"
"An authentic literary critic, very rare in this bad time… Wood is always urgent, lucid, and interesting"
"Wood writes more incisively than almost anyone producing criticism today. His ability to transform complex, anxious thought into lucid, exciting prose is everywhere present"
"James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true. He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity… To enter Wood’s mind is to cross a threshold: from the reviewer commonplaces that pass for essay-writing into the intellectual daring that portends literary permanence"
"The most influential critic of his generation"
"Deservedly famous for the intellectual dazzle, literary acuteness and moral seriousness of his essays on everything from the King James Bible to Don DeLillo ... Wood writes like a dream"
"James Wood, the critic, is one of the few living practitioners of his craft who will be read fifty years from now"