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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (1 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231168586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231168588
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,949,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book restores the priority of the sentence to literary-critical reading. It seeks to elevate the sentence as a unit of reading, in order to return us to an immediate attachment to the feeling of literary prose -- and the forms of thinking done in prose, and the techniques of art that make up prose as brushstrokes and pigments do painting.--Mark Greif, The New School

Jenny Davidson is the ideal reader every writer wishes for, who catches every nuance and every sly allusion, who is alive to rhythm and color and orchestration. She does not just read for that ostensibly load-bearing stuff that is labeled "meaning," but detects all the layers of meaning that are conveyed purely by style. Her book is a gift and a deep pleasure, because what makes her such a virtuoso reader is that she's also a first-rate writer--Luc Sante, author of "Low Life"

Davidson is the ideal reader every writer wishes for, who catches every nuance and every sly allusion, who is alive to rhythm and color and orchestration. She does not just read for that ostensibly load-bearing stuff that is labeled 'meaning, ' but detects all of the layers of meaning that are conveyed purely by style. Her book is a gift and a deep pleasure, because what makes her such a virtuoso reader is that she is also a first-rate writer.--Luc Sante, author of "Low Life"

Consistently insightful into classic (and sometimes not so classic) fiction.--Tyler Cowen"Marginal Revolution" (01/01/0001)

There is much to value here.--Kate Womersley"Times Literary Supplement" (01/01/0001)

Jenny Davidson has the rare gift of being warmly analytical--highly intelligent but never mandarin, authoritative and intimate at the same time. Reading her discussions of writers ranging from Marcel Proust to Wayne Koestenbaum--by way of Jonathan Lethem and George Eliot--is like being in the company of a very clever friend as she unfolds the treasures of her bookshelf: one who enlightens without condescension, and who is eager to share the pleasures of a well-turned sentence while also being able to point out the satisfactions to be found in a bad one. I loved being in her company on the page, and left it inspired by her appetitive example.--Rebecca Mead, author of "My Life in Middlemarch"

[A] delightful new book.--Mark Kingwell"World Literatre Today" (01/01/0001)

Davidson is the ideal reader every writer wishes for, who catches every nuance and every sly allusion, who is alive to rhythm and color and orchestration. She does not just read for that ostensibly load-bearing stuff that is labeled 'meaning, ' but detects all of the layers of meaning that are conveyed purely by style. Her book is a gift and a deep pleasure, because what makes her such a virtuoso reader is that she is also a first-rate writer.

--Luc Sante, author of Low Life

Jenny Davidson has the rare gift of being warmly analytical--highly intelligent but never mandarin, authoritative and intimate at the same time. Reading her discussions of writers ranging from Marcel Proust to Wayne Koestenbaum--by way of Jonathan Lethem and George Eliot--is like being in the company of a very clever friend as she unfolds the treasures of her bookshelf: one who enlightens without condescension, and who is eager to share the pleasures of a well-turned sentence while also being able to point out the satisfactions to be found in a bad one. I loved being in her company on the page, and left it inspired by her appetitive example.

--Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch

[A] delightful new book.

--Mark Kingwell"World Literatre Today" (01/01/0001)

[A] delightful new book.

--Mark Kingwell-World Literatre Today- (01/01/0001)

Consistently insightful into classic (and sometimes not so classic) fiction.

--Tyler Cowen"Marginal Revolution" (01/01/0001)

There is much to value here.

--Kate Womersley"Times Literary Supplement" (01/01/0001)

Davidson is the ideal reader every writer wishes for, who catches every nuance and every sly allusion, who is alive to rhythm and color and orchestration. She does not just read for that ostensibly load-bearing stuff that is labeled 'meaning, ' but detects all of the layers of meaning that are conveyed purely by style. Her book is a gift and a deep pleasure, because what makes her such a virtuoso reader is that she is also a first-rate writer.--Luc Sante, author of Low Life

Jenny Davidson has the rare gift of being warmly analytical--highly intelligent but never mandarin, authoritative and intimate at the same time. Reading her discussions of writers ranging from Marcel Proust to Wayne Koestenbaum--by way of Jonathan Lethem and George Eliot--is like being in the company of a very clever friend as she unfolds the treasures of her bookshelf: one who enlightens without condescension, and who is eager to share the pleasures of a well-turned sentence while also being able to point out the satisfactions to be found in a bad one. I loved being in her company on the page, and left it inspired by her appetitive example.--Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch

Consistently insightful into classic (and sometimes not so classic) fiction.--Tyler Cowen "Marginal Revolution "

There is much to value here.--Kate Womersley "Times Literary Supplement "

[A] delightful new book.--Mark Kingwell "World Literatre Today "

About the Author

Jenny Davidson teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published two books on eighteenth-century British literature, including Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century, and four novels. She blogs at Light Reading (jennydavidson.blogspot.com).


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