Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #236557
Sir Frank Kermode has been writing peerless literary criticism for more than a half-century. "Pieces of My Mind "includes his own choice of his major essays since 1958, beginning with his extraordinary study of "Poet and Dancer Before Diaghilev" and ending with a marvelous consideration of Shakespeare's "Othello" and Verdi-Boito's "Otello," Important essays on Hawthorne, on Wallace Stevens, on problems in literary theory and analysis, on Auden, on "Secrets and Narrative Sequence," and three previously unpublished essays (including one on "Memory" and one on "Forgetting") fill out this rich and rewarding volume. Pieces of My Mind also contains recent considerations of the work of major modern writers--Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, Tom Paulin, and others.
Of Kermode's last book," Shakespeare's Language," Richard Howard wrote that it was "a triumph of inauguration and the crowning action of his splendid career of criticism. It is, and will doubtless remain, the first book one should read about Shakespeare's plays, and with those plays." "Pieces of My Mind" has equal authority and power, and it will be equally praised.
First/first (US) in dustjacket with slight edgewear. Quarter bound: dark grey cloth covered spine with silver lettering & blue paper covered boards. Clean, sound, gently read. Tight binding. Two small black spots top textblock edge, elsewise very good+/fine. One of the last works published during the lifetime of this prolific and brilliant literary critic. Kermode (1919 -- 2010) is famous for one book A Sense of The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (1967) but he published over 50 books during his lifetime, including two the last year of his life at age 90. As far as I can tell, he never wrote a bad one. He always had something to say about the subject of literature, something that was worth saying and worth reading.