This is the essential Al Alvarez - the only book to contain the full range of his writing and the one book all his fans will want Includes Alvarez on some of the literary greats of the 20th century: Jean Rhys, Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, Alice Munro, Philip Larkin For fans of Frank Kermode, Martin Amis's The War Against Cliche and James Wood's The Irresponsible Self
Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce, and dreams - The Savage God, Life After Marriage, Night- to poker, North Sea oil, and mountaineering - The Biggest Game in Town, Offshore, Feeding the Rat. His most recent books are New and Selected Poems and The Writer's Voice. He lives in London.
'If you want a reminder of what writing is really about, you have only to turn to an elegant little book of essays' Robert McCrum on The Writer's Voice 'Is there a more charming literary companion than Al Alvarez?' Spectator