Why I Read

Why I Read

"Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe her love of literature. As Lesser writes in her prologue, "Reading can result in boredom or transcendence, rage or enthusiasm,… (more)

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Wendy Lesser is a serious reader — a quality reader — and this book is a serious pleasure.

A witty, wise, and buoyant book full of the sense of adventure and the capacity for surprise that Lesser values in literature itself.

Author of nine prior books and contributor to various prominent literary venues, hers has been a no-holds-barred, art-loving life, and her dedication to that quest irradiates "Why I Read."


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 07, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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