Adam Kirsch





Adam Kirsch


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Adam Kirsch is the author of two collections of poems and several books of poetry criticism. A senior editor at the New Republic and a columnist for Tablet, he also writes for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Average rating: 3.80 · 237 ratings · 44 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
The Wounded Surgeon: Confes...

3.88 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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The Modern Element: Essays ...

3.67 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Benjamin Disraeli

3.27 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Emblems of the Passing Worl...

3.77 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Rocket and Lightship: Essay...

4.15 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Why Trilling Matters

3.56 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Invasions: New Poems

3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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The Thousand Wells: Poems

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2002
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The Global Novel: Writing t...

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The People and the Books: 1...

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“Once a poet calls his myth a myth, he prevents the reader from treating it as a reality; we use the word 'myth' only for stories we ourselves cannot believe.”
Adam Kirsch

“The unadmitted reason why traditional readers are hostile to e-books is that we still hold the superstitious idea that a book is like a soul, and that every soul should have its own body.”
Adam Kirsch

“According to Proust, one proof that we are reading a major new writer is that his writing immediately strikes us as ugly. Only minor writers write beautifully, since they simply reflect back to us our preconceived notion of what beauty is; we have no problem understanding what they are up to, since we have seen it many times before. When a writer is truly original, his failure to be conventionally beautiful makes us see him, initially, as shapeless, awkward, or perverse. Only once we have learned how to read him do we realize that this ugliness is really a new, totally unexpected kind of beauty and that what seemed wrong in his writing is exactly what makes him great.”
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