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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad Gorra, Michael I I never mean to be slow,” Joseph Conrad wrote to David Meldrum of the Blackwood publishing house in 1899, but “The stuff comes out at its own rate . . . [and] too often-alas!-I’ve to wait for the sentence-for the word.” The process of writing involved long hours of incapacitating […]

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The case of Allen Tate

Religious atheist: The case of Allen Tate Bawer, Bruce SOMEWHERE AMID THE VOLUMINOUS BACK MATTER of his new biography Allen Tate: Orphan of the South,1 Thomas A. Underwood informs us that he has “completed all of the research for a full life of Tate,” but that owing to restrictions placed on certain materials by surviving […]

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Gay Plays

Gay Plays Hornby, Richard THROUGHOUT MOST OF HUMAN HISTORY, homosexuality did not exist. Of course, homosexual acts have always existed-they are found even among animals-but not the idea that there are special human beings inherently attracted to members of their own sex, even when partners of the opposite sex are available. Thirty years ago, Michel […]

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The Biennial and Beyond

The Biennial and Beyond Wilkin, Karen “SCULPTURE IS THE ART OF THE PAST and photography is the art of the future,” I learned recently from one of my favorite people, a perceptive polymath with a good eye for art. Once I stopped taking it as a personal affront-I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time thinking […]

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Music Chronicle I

Music Chronicle I Clark, Robert S JOAN TOWER IS A COMPOSER WHO IS HARD TO CLASSIFY. She subscribes to no system and carries the banner for no school. But her music-fluent, measured, and organic-has earned her a prominent place in the American contemporary music community. Her talent was nurtured, during the years 1969-1984, as a […]

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Max Beerbohm: Spectator Sport

Max Beerbohm: Spectator Sport Mullen, Alexandra WE ALL HAVE FAVORITE BOOKSHOPS, and one of mine is in London. It’s crammed with books, both new and secondhand, in tidy piles upstairs and in more enticingly untidy ones downstairs. It’s a great place to wedge yourself in a corner and see what you find. A few years […]

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John Adams: Realist of the revolution

John Adams: Realist of the revolution Allen, Brooke It is now two centuries since John Adams lost the presidency to his longtime friend and political foe Thomas Jefferson and retired from public life. He had been one of the most brilliant and energetic of the Founding Fathers, the first great nationalist, possibly the most influential […]

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Sunset

Sunset Ungaretti, Giuseppe Versa, May 20, 1916 The flesh-pink color of the sky awakens oases in the nomad of love Copyright Hudson Review Spring 2002 Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved

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Invitation to Ground Zero

Invitation to Ground Zero Smith, William Jay Into the smouldering ruin now go down: And walk where once she walked and breathe the air She breathed that final day on the burning stair And follow her, beyond the fleeing crowds, Into the fire, and through the climbing clouds. Into the smouldering ruin now go down: […]

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Nordic novels

Nordic novels Bawer, Bruce When we first meet Constance Ring, the eponymous heroine of the newly reissued 1885 classic by the Norwegian writer Amalie Skram (1846-1905), she’s a beautiful young woman of twenty-one who’s been married for two years to a successful broker in Kristiania (now Oslo), where they share a sumptuous apartment and a […]