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The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters - Wendy Lesser
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[SR: 3018589], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780375404023], Pantheon, Pantheon, Book, [PU: Pantheon], 1999-02-02, Pantheon, The Amateur is an inquiry into how we discover our passions and how they discover us. "I am very conscious," writes Wendy Lesser, one of our shrewdest cultural observers, "of having made choices in my life. You can't plan how the choices will turn out. But you can certainly make them." In The Amateur Lesser explores some of the choices she has made in pursuit of an old-fashioned but indispensable vocation: an independent life of letters. She discusses the place--California--in which she grew up; the institutions-- Harvard, Cambridge, Berkeley--where she received her formal education; the writers, artists, and performers who deepened her critical understanding; and, finally, the literary journal she founded, The Threepenny Review, which she still edits and publishes out of the Berkeley apartment in which it began nearly twenty years ago.Lesser describes both the events in her own life and those she has witnessed on stage, screen, canvas, and paper, noting noting how both experience and art teach us to observe, to discriminate, and to make sense of one another. Written with her trademark intelligence, quiet wit, and elegance, The Amateur is a beguiling work of autobiography., In The Amateur Wendy Lesser marries two literary forms, autobiography and essay, with remarkable results. True to the spirit of the critical essay, she discusses any number of subjects in a profound and analytical way; yet in the course of reflecting on, say, vocabulary or philanthropy or dance lessons, she imparts a vivid portrait of the woman behind the ideas. Consider, for example, how Lesser bounces between intellect and slapstick. An examination of the relationship between critics and artists in "Passionate Witness" ("When you attach yourself to a cherished artist, as I have attached myself to Mark Morris, you cede to that artist a certain portion of your own intellectual development. You are not just the learned critic, commenting on the work, you are also the novice, being molded by that work") gives way to a wacky tale of high art and low comedy in "A Night at the Opera"--complete with stomach cramps, a visit to the aid station, and an eye-opening introduction to behind-the-scenes doings that rivals any drama being enacted on the stage. Over the course of 24 essays a picture gradually emerges of all the phases of Wendy Lesser's life in the world and of the mind. Whether she's discussing her disastrous affair with a young Englishman during her postgraduate years at Cambridge, the poet Thom Gunn, or her cat, Ralph ("I had a cat without a nose"), Lesser does so with intelligence, humor, and deep insight. Reading her is something like having a conversation with an old friend--that delightful sense of kinship even when you disagree. --Alix Wilber, 2330, Authors, 2327, Arts & Literature, 2, Biographies & Memoirs, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 172763, Journalists, 2419, Professionals & Academics, 2, Biographies & Memoirs, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 2445, Women, 2437, Specific Groups, 2, Biographies & Memoirs, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books

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In The Amateur Wendy Lesser marries two literary forms, autobiography and essay, with remarkable results. True to the spirit of the critical essay, she discusses any number of subjects in a profound and analytical way; yet in the course of reflecting on, say, vocabulary or philanthropy or dance lessons, she imparts a vivid portrait of the woman behind the ideas. Consider, for example, how Lesser bounces between intellect and slapstick. An examination of the relationship between critics and artists in "Passionate Witness" ("When you attach yourself to a cherished artist, as I have attached myself to Mark Morris, you cede to that artist a certain portion of your own intellectual development. You are not just the learned critic, commenting on the work, you are also the novice, being molded by that work") gives way to a wacky tale of high art and low comedy in "A Night at the Opera"--complete with stomach cramps, a visit to the aid station, and an eye-opening introduction to behind-the-scenes doings that rivals any drama being enacted on the stage. Over the course of 24 essays a picture gradually emerges of all the phases of Wendy Lesser's life in the world and of the mind. Whether she's discussing her disastrous affair with a young Englishman during her postgraduate years at Cambridge, the poet Thom Gunn, or her cat, Ralph ("I had a cat without a nose"), Lesser does so with intelligence, humor, and deep insight. Reading her is something like having a conversation wit arts and literature,authors,biographies,books and reading,general,history and criticism,journalists,literature and fiction,professionals and academics,specific groups General, Pantheon

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New York, New York, USA: Pantheon Books, 1999. BX3 - A hard cover first edition withdrawn ex-library book in good- condition with a dust jacket in very good- condition. A tight, clean, sound copy in cream paper covered boards quarter bound in dark green cloth with gold lettering and a graphic on the spine with minor overall shelf wear plus the usual library label and stamps on the front endpaper, title page, and top outside paper edges plus the dust jacket endflaps have been glued down to the inside surfaces of the boards plus a section (about 2"x4.75") of the front endpaper has been removed as part of the library's removal process. The dust jacket shows very minor overall shelf wear plus some light soiling overall plus it is still in the original library mylar sleeve with the usual library label on the spine wrapping onto the back plus the endflaps are glued down to the inside surfaces of the boards. An inquiry into how people discover their passions told through the author's own recounting of choices she has made in pursuit of an independent life of letters. The author is a winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation and is a winner of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. 274p.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good-/Very Good-. 5.75"x7.75". Ex-Library., Pantheon Books, 1999

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The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters
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Wendy Lesser

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The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780375404023
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0375404023
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Publishing year: 1999
Publisher: Pantheon

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