Annal: 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Results of the National Book Critics Circle Award in the year 1983.

Book:Hugging the Shore

Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism

John Updike

Since 1960 John Updike has been writing book reviews for The New Yorker, and his contributions the last eight years make up the bulk of this volume.

On this collection, James Atlas adds that there is “the sort of ambitious scholarly reappraisal not seen in this country since the death of Edmund Wilson.”

Among the authors discussed in Hugging The Shore are Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Isak Dinesen, Gunter Grass, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Herman Melville, Vladimir Nabokov, Muriel Spark and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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