Chronicles Magazine October 1986

  • VIEWS

    The Novel and the Imperial Self

    Preoccupation with the state of the novel was until about 10 years ago one of the major bores of American criticism. From the early 1950's well into the 60's, it was scarcely possible to get through a month without reading as a rule in the Sunday...

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    The Doors of Deception

    One of the many sociological uses of Hollywood is its dramatic availability when things go wrong in America. Michael Satchell, for instance, has raised the question in Parade of whether the movies by too often glamorizing drugs and alcohol...

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    Faces of Clio

    Taken together, these three books serve nicely as a kind of group portrait of Clio and her several faces. In reverse order we have the historian as diarist and memoirist, as documentarian, and as reflective sage.

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    Still, Sad Music

    Something happened. The juice went out of it, the largest joy. There may arise figures analogous to Emily Dickinson, or even to John Clare, but no experienced lover of poetry expects a new Keats or a new Shelley or Hardy to appear in our generations.

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    When He Was Good

    Philip Roth's first book, a collection of stories called Goodbye Columbus, was a critical smash. Reviewers hailed it as witty, energetic, and accurately detailed; they noted with astonishment that Roth was only 26, and they predicted a...

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