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"Just as Edwin Denby, Clement Greenburg, and Pauline Kael transformed the nature of criticism in the fields of dance, art, and film, respectively, Hardwick has redefined the possibilities of the literary essay."
--The New Yorker

A brilliant tour of a century American writers, from the novels of Melville, Wharton and James to the fictions of Margaret Fuller, Sylvia Plath and
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 1999 by Modern Library (first published 1998)
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Feb 08, 2015 Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Hardwick has been known as one of the great critics of the last 50 years on par with someone like Edmund Wilson. The New Yorker’s James Woods listed her as an influence. So I recently read a collection of her work called American Fictions. It had some very intriguing essays on writers from a broad spectrum of America’s literary canon: early masters like Melville, Wharton and James-lesser know feminist stars like Margaret Fuller, Djuna Barnes, Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Pl ...more
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Elizabeth Hardwick was an American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer.

Hardwick graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1939. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947. She was the author of three novels: The Ghostly Lover (1945), The Simple Truth (1955), and Sleepless Nights (1979). A collection of her short fiction, The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, will be pub
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