Tuesday, November 25, 2003

In a 1988 review of A Sinking Island: The Modern English Writers, the critic Richard Eder wrote in The Los Angeles Times: "Kenner doesn't write about literature; he jumps in, armed and thrashing. He crashes it, like a party-goer who refuses to hover near the door but goes right up to the guest of honor, plumps himself down, sniffs at the guest's dinner, eats some and begins a one-to-one discussion. You could not say whether his talking or his listening is done with greater intensity."

R.I.P. Hugh Kenner, author of The Pound Era, one of my favourite works of literary criticism.

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