Reading for My Life

Here are Leonard’s best writings—many never before published in book form—on the cultural touchstones of a generation, each piece a testament to his sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and lasting love of the arts.

Reading for My Life

Reading for My Life

Right up until his death in 2008, John Leonard was a lion in American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. He reviewed the most celebrated writers of his age—from Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion to Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. He championed Morrison’s work so ardently that she invited him to travel with her to Stockholm when she accepted her Nobel Prize. He also contributed many pieces on television, film, politics, and the media, which continue to surprise and impress with their fervor and prescience. Reading for My Life is a monumental collection of Leonard’s most significant writings—spanning five decades—from his earliest columns for the Harvard Crimson to his final essays for The New York Review of Books. Here are Leonard’s best writings—many never before published in book form—on the cultural touchstones of a generation, each piece a testament to his sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and lasting love of the arts. Definitive reviews of Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, and Philip Roth, among others, display his passion and nearly encyclopedic knowledge of literature in the second half of the twentieth century. His essay on Ed Sullivan and the evolution of television remains a classic. Throughout Leonard’s reviews and essays is a dedicated political spirit, pleading for social justice, advocating for the women’s movement, and forever calling attention to writers whose work challenged and excited him. With an introduction by E. L. Doctorow and remembrances by Leonard’s friends, family, and colleagues, including Gloria Steinem and Victor Navasky, Reading for My Life stands as a landmark collection from one of America’s most beloved and influential critics.

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Reading for My Life
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: John Leonard
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-15 - Publisher: Penguin

Right up until his death in 2008, John Leonard was a lion in American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. He reviewed the most celebrated writers of his age—from Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion to Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. He
Read for Your Life
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Gladys M. Hunt, Barbara Hampton
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher: Harper Collins

Most teens already know what wealth and just-plain-fun books contain. What is sometimes missing is the encouragement to make time for reading in the middle of a busy life. Getting excited about books is contagious, and so is the reading habit. The whole family needs all the encouragement it can
Reading for Life
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Philip Davis
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-12 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Reading for Life is an anthology of poems and of extracts from prose fiction, related to a series of case-histories of individuals carefully reading, discussing their reading lives, and thinking about the relation of literature to their existence. It enables readers to gain increased imaginative access to the works in
Quakerism, Or, The Story of My Life
Language: en
Pages: 348
Authors: Mrs. J. R. Greer
Categories: Quakers
Type: BOOK - Published: 1852 - Publisher:

Books about Quakerism, Or, The Story of My Life
Debate on the First Reading of the Protection of Life (Ireland) Bill
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: R. Dillon Browne
Categories: Ireland
Type: BOOK - Published: 1846 - Publisher:

Books about Debate on the First Reading of the Protection of Life (Ireland) Bill

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