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Obras por Michael Dirda

Classics for Pleasure (2007) 631 exemplares
Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Editor — 559 exemplares
Caring For Your Books (1990) 219 exemplares
The Undershaw set (2013) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Dune (1965) — Introdução, algumas edições41,829 exemplares
Lolita (1955) — Introdução, algumas edições31,515 exemplares
Atlas Shrugged (1957) — Introdução, algumas edições22,277 exemplares
Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições10,892 exemplares
Nibelungenlied (1200) — Prefácio, algumas edições2,896 exemplares
The Manticore (1972) — Introdução, algumas edições1,566 exemplares
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1941) — Introdução, algumas edições1,302 exemplares
The Green Man (1969) — Introdução, algumas edições900 exemplares
Red Cavalry (1926) — Introdução, algumas edições752 exemplares
Dante : Poet of the Secular World (1929) — Introdução, algumas edições334 exemplares
The Plague Court Murders (1934) — Introdução, algumas edições232 exemplares
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (2011) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries (2002) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales (1890) — Prefácio, algumas edições124 exemplares
I am Jonathan Scrivener (1930) — Prefácio, algumas edições90 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps (2010) — Prefácio, algumas edições29 exemplares
Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio (2006) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Michael Dirda’s magisterial collection of critical essays, Bound to Please, carries the subtitle An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education. I confess that subtitle aroused my skepticism; however, I can report quite happily that this is not an example of that unfortunate tendency in American culture of hyperbole to surpass substance. Mr. Dirda’s book is, in fact, an extraordinary one-volume literary education.

It’s safe to say that Michael Dirda is a critic’s critic. His prose is energetic and rigorous, yet unforced. He is a gloriously catholic reader who conveys news from literary worlds that many if not most of his readers have not explored, and probably in many cases didn’t know existed. I particularly appreciated his writing on science fiction, which is edifying and has aroused my own interest in the genre. Furthermore, Mr. Dirda is au courant on translations and editions (his remarks on editions, out-of-print books, and used bookstores divulge, I think, the fact that he is, unsurprisingly, a bibliophile in the sense that he loves books as objects as well as the prose they contain) and this information will no doubt aid those in search of the books and authors he reviews.

Other than Edmund Wilson and the critics I read for my college thesis—e.g. Rene Wellek, Joseph Frank, and Mikhail Bakthin—I confess to a paucity of knowledge about the field. I have found a great deal of contemporary academic criticism opaque and self-indulgent—redolent of what George Jean Nathan once said about criticism: that it is “…the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the author’s fame.” Michal Dirda commits no such offense here, but rather elucidates for the common reader the great books and authors of all time and for all time.
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Mark_Feltskog | 7 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |
For as long as I can remember I've had the problem of having more books that I want to read, than the time to actually read them. Recently a friend gifted me with this book thinking I would enjoy it. Enjoy it I did, but now thanks to my friend and author Michael Dirda my problem has gotten worse than ever. So many great reading suggestions, but nowhere near the time, to get to them all...
kevinkevbo | 23 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2023 |
One of my favorite literary essayists, Michael Dirda's ability to discuss books in a way that makes the most difficult tome seem delightful is just amazing. I cannot recommend highly enough his essays for encouraging reading and providing suggestions on how and where to look to fulfill your literary dreams.
jwhenderson | 4 outras críticas | May 26, 2023 |
Good little book on lifetime reading, philosophy, etc. Makes you think about why you are reading.
kslade | 14 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2022 |



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