Personal Essays from the Hudson Review
Edited by Ronald Koury
With an Introduction by William H. Pritchard
A collection of deeply personal essays musing on literature from the
"The collection makes a strong case for the centrality of reading
to human life . . . to argue for literature’s importance in an increasingly
post-literate age."—Jeff Porter, associate professor of English, University of Iowa
Ronald Koury has been managing editor of the Hudson Review since 1985.
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During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review have observed
a trend among some of the best literary essayists and reviewers to situate their
criticism in a deeply personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic
work being produced in many literary and academic publications. Over
time, the Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist
writing. Literary Awakenings collects eighteen essays published over the last
three decades that celebrate the writer’s relationship with literature, one that is
deeply shaped by experience and remembrance.
The essays gathered here recall disparate awakenings to the influence of
literature and discoveries of the many ways in which it enriches nearly every
aspect of our lives. Antonio Muñoz Molina describes his education as a writer
and a citizen as a form of protest against Franco’s totalitarian regime in Spain.
Drawing upon Huckleberry Finn, Wendell Berry meditates on the impulse to
escape that literature often invokes, and Judith Pascoe’s tribute to Clarissa confesses
to the appeal of reading select literature that initiates one into an exclusive
coterie of people. What unites these diverse contributions is the joy of
appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature.
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Clara Claiborne Park
6 x 9, 312 pages, notes