Honor roll: Criticism books

Each of these Criticism books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:The Great War and Modern Memory

The Great War and Modern Memory

Paul Fussell

The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recently named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books. Fussell’s landmark study of World War I remains as original and gripping today as ever before: a literate, literary, and illuminating account of the Great War, the war that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world.

Book:October Light

October Light

John Gardner

A story of an old man and an old woman—brother and sister—living together on a farm in Vermont.

Book:The Life of Emily Dickinson

The Life of Emily Dickinson

Richard B. Sewall

The life of Emily Dickinson, Richard B. Sewall’s monumental biography of the great American poet (1830-1886), won the National Book Award when it was originally published in two volumes. Now available in the one-volume edition, it has been called “by far the best and most complete study of the poet’s life yet to be written, the result of nearly twenty years of work” (The Atlantic).

R.W.B. Lewis has hailed it as “a major event in American letters,” adding that “Richard Sewall’s biographical vision of Emily Dickinson is as complete as human scholarship, ingenuity, stylistic pungency, and common sense can arrive at.”

Book:Monsieur Teste

Monsieur Teste

Paul Valéry, Jackson Mathews

Although not autobiographical in any usual sense, Valéry’s novel is profoundly personal. Monsieur Teste reflects Valéry’s preoccupation with the phenomenon of a mind detached from sensibility, yet he is also an ordinary fictional character. This volume includes “Snapshots of Monsieur Teste,” excerpts from Valéry’s Cahiers.

Book:The Aeneid of Virgil

The Aeneid of Virgil

Allen Mandelbaum

Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world—as literature as well. Virgil’s Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism—the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling and the force of fate—that has influenced writers for over 2,000 years. Filled with drama, passion, and the universal pathos that only a masterpiece can express. The Aeneid is a book for all the time and all people.

Book:Diderot

Diderot

Arthur McCandless Wilson

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