A Plea for Eros by Siri Hustvedt

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From the author of the international bestseller What I Loved, a provocative collection of autobiographical and critical essays about writing and writers.
Whether her subject is growing up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the novel, Hustvedt’s nonfiction, like her fiction, defies easy categorization, elegantly combining intellect, emotion, wit, and passion. With a light touch and consummate clarity, she undresses the cultural prejudices that veil both literature and life and explores the multiple personalities that inevitably inhabit a writer’s mind. Is it possible for a woman in the twentieth century to endorse the corset, and at the same time approach with authority what it is like to be a man? Hustvedt does. Writing with rigorous honesty about her own divided self, and how this has shaped her as a writer, she also approaches the works of others--Fitzgerald, Dickens, and Henry James--with revelatory insight, and a practitioner’s understanding of their art.

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Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English literature and is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, The Sorrows of an American, What I Loved, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, The Blindfold, and The Summer Without Men, as well as a growing body of nonfiction including, A Plea for Eros and Mysteries of the Rectangle, and an interdisciplinary investigation of the body and mind in The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves. She has given lectures on artists and theories of art at the Prado, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2011, she delivered the thirty-ninth annual Freud Lecture in Vienna.She lives in Brooklyn.
Published April 1, 2007 by Picador. 244 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The tender, wickedly funny “Living with Strangers” and the moving “9/11, or One Year Later” pay tribute to her adopted home by recalling some of the personal encounters that have shaped her delight in “the city of immigrants, of pluralism, and of tolerance.” The latter essay will strike a particu...

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"If the vulnerable aren't also proud, they are crushed," Siri Hustvedt writes in this collection of previously published essays.

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A Plea for Eros by Siri Hustvedt Sceptre £8.99, pp228 As in the novels of her husband Paul Auster, which throng with Auster-like figures, Siri Hustvedt has a passion for describing herself and her life in writing.

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These literary essays are, of course, not personal in the way the others in the collection are, but Hustvedt's deep appreciation of these authors and their works is personal in its way.

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The essays in A Plea for Eros — about writing, writers, and how author Siri Hustvedt's childhood was way more sepia-toned than yours — are cloistered, academic affairs that presuppose a kind of sterile affection for Henry James, Charles Dickens, F.

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