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The Essays of Leonard Michaels
 
 
Author
Leonard Michaels.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780374148805
Pages/Publication Date 204/2009
Daedalus Item Code 11917
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"Leonard Michaels was a sublimely gifted prose stylist who died much too soon, in 2003—he had barely reached his 70th birthday but suffered from lymphoma—and who left a slender but durable literary legacy.... So I have been delighted to see his publisher bringing out his work in new editions over the past three years, first The Collected Stories of Leonard Michaels and now his collected essays. This is a considerably leaner book than the collected stories, but it packs a lot of punch and is filled, as was all his work, with sentences that border on poetry.... Michaels certainly was no sentimentalist, but he strongly preferred the more modest, introspective, feeling culture of his youth to the arrogant, assertive, rude one of the present. Writing about the paintings of Edward Hopper, he gets to the point: 'We rap, we shriek in the raving crowd, and wear clothing big enough to hold two or three people, and walk about wearing earphones, or talking into cell phones, lest we feel alone. There are no philosophers. In Hopper's day we wore tight clothing and held each other close, saying nothing, dancing slowly, shuffling a few inches this way and that, feeling possessed, possessed by feeling. People preferred feeling to sex'."—Washington Post Book World
 
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