Good condition with minor signs of wear to dust jacket and boards. Age appropriate colouring to edges of pages. Cross to bottom edges of pages in black marker. Binding strong.
Through literary journalism, paradoxically enough, often gets a bad press, the greatest English critics - Johnson, Coleridge, Arnold, Eliot - have done their best work in this medium. John Carey's Original Copy joins this illustrious tradition. He is as memorable as Dr Johnson, ('men in fancy dress tormenting cattle') or Rosamond Vincy from Middlemarch ('the face of a chine doll and the soul of a tapeworm'). Authoritatively learned, exceptionally alert both to weaknesses and to strengths, fearlessly intelligent and very, very funny, John Carey is a critic with what Hemingway once described as 'a built-in bullshit detector'. Already famous for his academic studies of Dickens, Milton, Thackeray and Donne, Professor Carey's literary journalism, with its extraordinary range, its hatred of jargon and professional mystification, is a product of his belief 'that English writing in the twentieth century has persistently catered for minorities and elites'. Original Copy is a testament to his belief in the intelligent ordinary reader and a joy to read.