Includes selections from Selected non-fictions (Penguin, 1999), plus ten new translations.
Includes bibliographical references.
Becoming a man of letters: Ultra manifesto ; On expressionism ; After images ; Joyce's Ulysses ; The ballad of reading Gaol
Word music: Verbiage for poems ; An investigation of the word ; The art of verbal abuse ; On literary description ; On metaphor ; Walt Whitman, Leaves of grass
On translation: Two ways to translate ; The Homeric versions
Reading as writing: A profession of literary faith ; Literary pleasure ; The superstitious ethics of the reader ; The paradox of Apollinaire ; Kafka and his precursors ; Flaubert and his exemplary destiny
The critic at work: Virginia Woolf ; T. S. Eliot ; Paul Valery ; William Faulkner, Absalom! absalom! ; Herman Mellville, Bartleby the scrivener ; Henry James, The abasement of the Northmores ; Marcel Schwob, imaginary lives ; H. G. Wells, The time machine ; The invisible man ; Julio Cortazar, stories
The perfect plot: The labyrinths of the detective story and Chesterton ; Ellery Queen, The halfway house ; Adolfo Bioy Casares, The invention of morel ; Wilkie Collins, The moonstone ; The detective story
Narrative art: Stories from Turkestan ; The cinematograph, the biograph ; Narrative art and magic ; Preface to a universal history of infamy ; When fiction lives in fiction.
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