Author(s): James Wood
The definitive collection of literary essays byThe New Yorker's award-winning longtime book critic
Ever since the publication of his first essay collection,The Broken Estate, in 1999, James Wood has been widely regarded as a leading literary critic of the English-speaking world. His essays on canonical writers (Gustav Flaubert, Herman Melville), recent legends (Don DeLillo, Marilynne Robinson) and significant contemporaries (Zadie Smith, Elena Ferrante) have established a standard for informed and incisive appreciation, composed in a distinctive literary style all their own.
Together, Wood's essays, and his bestsellingHow Fiction Works, share an abiding preoccupation with how fiction tells its own truths, and with the vocation of the writer in a world haunted by the absence of God. InSerious Noticing, Wood collects his best essays from two decades of his career, supplementing earlier work with autobiographical reflections from his bookThe Nearest Thing to Life and recent essays fromThe New Yorker on young writers of extraordinary promise. The result is an essential guide to literature in the new millennium.