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Combining the best of Sven Birkert's dazzling literary criticism with vital new essays. Here is Birkerts the literary critic in top form, discussing authors ranging from Elizabeth Bishop to Don DeLillo and topics ranging from biography to the enigma of poetic inspiration. A brilliant cultural commentator, Birkerts also offers important insights into contemporary nostalgia, our modern sense of time and the future of the creative spirit.
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Sven Birkerts teaches at Mount Holyoke College. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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"To read Birkerts is to hear (and enjoy hearing) the voice of literary conscience" - Seamus Heaney "Birkerts on reading fiction is like M.F.K. Fisher on eating or Norman Maclean on fly casting. He makes you want to go do it." - Jonathan Franzen"

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