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From Publishers WeeklyHow we talk about beauty-"how they, you, and I talk about it, and why we say the things we say"-is the theme of this densely packed meditation, aimed at those who delight in, say, anyone's daring to call a poem "gorgeous." Donoghue assumes a reader as well read as he, a flattering assumption from a distinguished New York University professor and prolific critic (Adam's Curse; The Practice of Reading; etc.). His tone, lucid and jargon-free, reminds rather than instructs.
Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year.
Review for the NY Times here. "Clearing A Space in the Mind."
Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.