• "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
  • "Like all good critics, James Wood is a story-teller of the art of reading, recreating the experience on the page for us’"

    Francis Spufford
  • "Critics like James Wood not only help readers to read but especially, perhaps, help the author as well"

    Elena Ferrante
  • "James Wood is a close reader of genius... By turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered"

    John Banville
  • "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"

    Harold Bloom
  • "Wood writes more incisively than almost anyone producing criticism today. His ability to transform complex, anxious thought into lucid, exciting prose is everywhere present"

    Janet Malcolm
  • "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"

    Cynthia Ozick
  • "The most influential critic of his generation"

    William Skidelsky, New Statesman
  • "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"

    Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Times Book Review