One of the main proficient literary essayists of his iteration defends stylistic boldness and highbrow bold in American letters.
Over the decade William Giraldi has validated himself as a charismatic and uncompromising literary essayist, “a literature-besotted Midas of prose” (Cynthia Ozick). Now, American Audacity gathers a range of his strongest issues of yankee writers and themes—a “gorgeous fury of language and sensibility” (Walter Kirn)—including an introductory name to fingers for twenty-first-century American literature, and a brand new appreciation of James Baldwin’s genius for nonfiction.
With powerful insights into the storied culture of yankee letters, and written with a “commitment to the dynamism and dimensions of language,” American Audacity considers giants from the prior (Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Harper Lee, Denis Johnson), a few of our so much famous dwelling critics and novelists (Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, Katie Roiphe, Cormac McCarthy, Allan Gurganus, Elizabeth Spencer), in addition to these cultural-literary issues that experience involved Giraldi as an American novelist (bestsellers, the “problem” of Catholic fiction, the artwork of hate mail, and his viral essay on bibliophilia).
Demanding that literature be audacious, and pressing in its convictions, American Audacity is itself an act of highbrow bold, a compendium shot via with Giraldi’s “emboldened and emboldening serious voice” (Sven Birkerts). At a time while literature is threatened through ceaseless digital bombardment, Giraldi argues that literature “must do what literature has consistently performed: facilitate these silent areas, stay steadfastly itself in its employment of slowness, interiority, grace, and in its marshaling of aesthetic sophistication and complexity.”
American Audacity is eventually an statement of intelligence and discernment from a maker of “perfectly paced prose” (The New Yorker), a publication that reaffirms the excitement and knowledge of the private literary values.
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