By Phyllis Rose
EPUB eISBN: 9780374709792
Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experiment—to learn her manner via a random shelf of library books, LEQ–LES
Can you've gotten an severe event in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an top East aspect lending library as a way to do exactly that. Hoping to discover the “real flooring of literature,” she reads her manner via a a little randomly selected shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES.
The shelf has every thing Rose may possibly want for—a vintage she has no longer learn, a extraordinary number of authors, and a variety of literary kinds. The early nineteenth-century Russian vintage A Hero of Our Time by means of Mikhail Lermontov is backbone via backbone with The Phantom of the Opera through Gaston Leroux. tales of French Canadian farmers take a seat beside these approximately aristocratic Austrians. California detective novels abut a picaresque novel from the 17th century. There are a number of novels by means of a superb, humorous, modern novelist who has became to elevating canine a result of tepid reaction to her work.
within the Shelf, Rose investigates the books on her shelf with exuberance, candor, and wit whereas brooding about the various questions her test increases and measuring her discoveries opposed to her personal internal shelf—those texts that accompany us via existence. “Fairly certain that nobody within the heritage of the area has learn precisely this sequence of novels,” she sustains a feeling of pleasure as she creates a refreshingly unique and beneficiant portrait of the literary enterprise.
About the Author
Phyllis Rose is the writer of a girl of Letters, a biography of Virginia Woolf that used to be a finalist for the 1979 nationwide booklet Award; Parallel Lives: 5 Victorian Marriages; Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time; The 12 months of analyzing Proust: A Memoir in actual Time; and collections of essays. She divides her time among Key West and manhattan urban.
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