Essays On Fiction Kermode

Featured Author: Frank Kermode
With News and Reviews From the Archives of The New York Times

In This Feature
  • Reviews of Frank Kermode's Earlier Books
  • Articles by Frank Kermode
  • Articles About Frank Kermode

    Related Links

  • Brad Leithauser Reviews 'Shakespeare's Language' (June 25, 2000)
  • First Chapter: 'Shakespeare's Language'

    Caroline Forbes
    Frank Kermode
    REVIEWS OF FRANK KERMODE'S EARLIER BOOKS:
  • 'The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction' (1967)
    ". . . an impressively learned, eloquent and brilliant defense of a non-schismatic view of human time. . . . Kermode's argument is much more subtly developed than this crude summary suggests, and the examples which support it are brilliantly discussed. I am, however, somewhat skeptical about his own fiction about fictions."
  • 'Continuities' (1969)
    "One thinks of him as a latter-day Virginia Woolf toiling ceaselessly on her reviews, dreaming about posterity perusing them at leisure. [Kermode] wishes to become, like Edmund Wilson, a big, indispensable and copious writer."
  • 'Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne: Renaissance Essays' (1971)
    ". . . a learned work and, I am a little sorry to say, written for the learned. What it lacks for the nonscholar is any sense of enthusiasm, anything that would turn him to the poems under analysis."
  • 'The Classic: Literary Images of Permanence and Change,' reviewed by Hugh Kenner (1975)
    "The material here so compressed as to be vulnerable to fussy objection deserves setting forth at length and at leisure. But here as elsewhere in the book things one senses Mr. Kermode would enjoy pursuing have had to be stuffed into the argument to which his public occasion obliged him."
  • 'The Genesis of Secrecy: On the Interpretation of Narrative' (1979)
    "You will best appreciate how good this book is, how rare its combined precision, lucidity and compactness are, if you have already done some penitential reading in biblical commentary or avant-garde hermeneutics."
  • 'Forms of Attention' (1985)
    "Although 'Forms of Attention' consists of only three lectures . . . it is kaleidoscopic. . . . The result is not confusion, as you might expect, but a brilliant, articulate and troubling mosaic of ideas about culture."
  • 'The Literary Guide to the Bible,' edited by Frank Kermode and Robert Alter (1987)
    "Readers looking for an overview of the literary turn in biblical studies could do no better than read the general introduction . . . The literary analyses in this guide can open doors."
  • 'History and Value' (1988)
    "Has he, then . . . shown us that the bourgeois literature of the 1930's should be honored more than we prisoners of the myth have honored it? I'm not quite persuaded . . ."
  • 'An Appetite for Poetry' (1989)
    "No critic celebrates more inspirationally the revelations classic literary texts hold in trust for us; no critic laments more plangently our self-interested apostasy from our rich inheritance. 'An Appetite for Poetry' is a fervent reminder of the glory of literature in a greedy decade whose academic critics are rewarded for abandoning their calling."
  • 'The Uses of Error' (1991)
    "As a model of the reviewer's art . . . one couldn't do better than the essays gathered in 'The Uses of Error.' Erudite yet undogmatic, Kermode smoothly bridges the abyss between professors and common readers."
  • 'Not Entitled: A Memoir' (1995)
    "A triumph of tone . . . It is part of the self-imposed decorum of Sir Frank Kermode's story not to want to get unreasonably far in. But his restraint is almost an exorbitance, and you have to remind yourself occasionally who the author is: one of the best-known, most widely and deeply learned expounders of literature in our time . . ."

    REVIEWS AND ESSAYS BY FRANK KERMODE:

  • Joseph Conrad Never Jumped(1971)
    In an essay, Kermode comments on Conrad's declaration that he was working towards a "meticulous precision of statement."
  • A Review of 'Two Works on Shakespeare'(1972)
    "[The authors] are both celebrated professors of literature, but the time when that trade imposed common characteristics on its practitioners is long past, and in the present instance one has sometimes to remind himself that Reuben Brower and Leslie Fiedler are actually talking about the same author."
  • A Review of Helen Vendler's 'The Poetry of George Herbert'(1975)
    "That Herbert is a great poet who has been regularly misread or under-read; that he is a very difficult poet who often looks easy . . . these are propositions implicit in Helen Vendler's book, and they are entirely acceptable."
  • A Review of Bruno Bettelheim's 'Freud and Man's Soul'(1983)
    "[O]n the evidence here presented, he has treated rather harshly a huge labor of translation [of Freud] . . . When that is said, we can sympathize very sincerely with this remarkable man as he looks back after a lifetime of achievement . . ."
  • A Review of V. S. Naipaul's 'The Enigma of Arrival', (1987)
    "[A]n intensely personal work and not by any means easy going. . . . In any case, failure in a writer of real power is rarely more than partial, and there are certainly some very fine things in 'The Enigma of Arrival.'"
  • A Review of V. S. Pritchett's 'Complete Collected Stories'(1991)
    ". . . [an] irrefutable testimony to his stature. . . . These 82 tales provide, in addition to their intrinsic beauty, a series of rich allusions to the condition of England from the 30's to the 90's."
  • A Review of Peter Gay's 'My German Question'(1998)
    "Some of the public events Gay describes are all too familiar, but this is primarily a personal history, and the remembered reactions of a sensitive boy, as recalled by a writer of keen Freudian beliefs, give the book its individuality . . ."
  • A Review of Philip Ziegler's 'Osbert Sitwell'(1999)
    "An elegant and expertly written account of a very peculiar man . . . [The book's well-judged tone is] sympathetic, yet loving the bizarrerie and the richness, teasing as well as affectionate. Behind its pages lies a great deal of hard research."
  • Heaven, They're in Heaven(2000)
    In an essay, Kermode surveys various literary evocations of heaven based on the anthology "The Book of Heaven."

    ARTICLES ABOUT FRANK KERMODE:

  • Lasky Will Stay With Encounter(1967)
    Kermode joined Stephen Spender in resigning from editorial posts at Encounter magazine after it was learned that CIA funds had supported the magazine for 10 years.
  • 2 Former Editors of Encounter Plan Monthly Magazine(1967)
    Kermode and Stephen Spender decided after leaving Encounter to begin a new literary-political journal.

    Previous Author Features From The New York Times on the Web
    Return to the Books Home Page

  • Frank Kermode

    Frank Kermode, who died on 17 August 2010 at the age of 90, was the author of many books, including Romantic Image (1957), The Sense of an Ending (1967) and Shakespeare’s Language (2000). He was the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University. He inspired the founding of the London Review in 1979, and wrote more than 200 pieces for the paper.

    In the LRB Archive:

    • Improving the Story: Philip Pullman’s Jesus · 27 May 2010

      • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
    • Eliot and the Shudder · 13 May 2010

    • Our Supersubstantial Bread: God’s Plot · 25 March 2010

      • A History of Christianity: The First 3000 Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Topping Entertainment: Britten · 28 January 2010

      • Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten edited by John Evans
    • Theophany: William Golding · 5 November 2009

      • William Golding: The Man Who Wrote ‘Lord of the Flies’ by John Carey
    • Fictioneering: J.M. Coetzee · 8 October 2009

      • Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
    • Mistress of Disappearances: Eluding Muriel Spark · 10 September 2009

      • Muriel Spark: The Biography by Martin Stannard
    • Exercises and Excesses: Kazuo Ishiguro · 14 May 2009

      • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Too Good and Too Silly: Could Darcy Swim? · 30 April 2009

      • The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. Vol. IX: Later Manuscripts edited by Janet Todd and Linda Bree
      • Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
    • Hysterical Vigour · 23 October 2008

      • Indignation by Philip Roth
    • Sly Digs: E.M. Forster as Critic · 25 September 2008

      • ‘The Creator as Critic’ and Other Writings by E.M. Forster, edited by Jeffrey Heath
    • The Daughter Who Hated Her: Doris Lessing · 17 July 2008

      • Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing
    • Offered to the Gods: Sacrifice · 5 June 2008

      • Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera by Derek Hughes
    • Did It Happen on 9 April?: the Resurrection · 20 March 2008

      • The Resurrection by Geza Vermes
    • With Slip and Slapdash: Auden’s Prose · 7 February 2008

      • The Complete Works of W.H. Auden. Vol. III: Prose, 1949-55 edited by Edward Mendelson
    • Not Just Yet: The Literature of Old Age · 13 December 2007

      • The Long Life by Helen Small
    • Nothing for Ever and Ever: Housman’s Pleasures · 5 July 2007

      • The Letters of A.E. Housman edited by Archie Burnett
    • Fiction and E.M. Forster: At the Cost of Life · 10 May 2007

    • Who has the gall?: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight · 8 March 2007

      • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Bernard O’Donoghue
      • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage
    • Was it a supernova?: the Nativity · 4 January 2007

      • The Nativity: History and Legend by Geza Vermes
    • ‘Disgusting’: remembering William Empson · 16 November 2006

      • William Empson. Vol. II: Against the Christians by John Haffenden
    • Going Against: Is There a Late Style? · 5 October 2006

      • On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain by Edward Said
      • Late Thoughts: Reflections on Artists and Composers at Work edited by Karen Painter and Thomas Crow
    • ‘It’s the way people like us don’t talk’: Andrew Motion’s Boyhood · 7 September 2006

      • In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood by Andrew Motion
    • Flinch Wince Jerk Shirk: Christine Brooke-Rose · 6 April 2006

      • Life, End of by Christine Brooke-Rose
    • Blackening: Doubting Thomas · 5 January 2006

      • Doubting Thomas by Glenn Most
    • Here she is: Zadie Smith · 6 October 2005

    • A Hammer in His Hands: Lowell’s Letters · 22 September 2005

      • The Letters of Robert Lowell edited by Saskia Hamilton
    • Yearning for the ‘Utile’: Snobbery and John Carey · 23 June 2005

      • What Good Are the Arts? by John Carey
    • The Savage Life: The Adventures of William Empson · 19 May 2005

      • William Empson: Vol. I: Among the Mandarins by John Haffenden
    • Outrageous Game: Ishiguro’s Nightmares · 21 April 2005

      • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • A Very Smart Bedint: Harold Nicolson · 17 March 2005

      • Harold Nicolson by Norman Rose
    • Our Muddy Vesture · 6 January 2005

      • William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ directed by Michael Radford
    • Manufactured Humbug: a great forger of the nineteenth century · 16 December 2004

      • John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the 19th Century by Arthur Freeman and Janet Ing Freeman
    • Why didn’t he commit suicide?: Reviewing T.S. Eliot · 4 November 2004

      • T.S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews by Jewel Spears Brooker
    • Retripotent: B. S. Johnson · 5 August 2004

      • Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson by Jonathan Coe
      • ‘Trawl’, ‘Albert Angelo’ and ‘House Mother Normal’ by B.S. Johnson
    • Clutching at Insanity: Winnicott and psychoanalysis · 4 March 2004

      • Winnicott: Life and Work by Robert Rodman
    • The Sacred Cause of Idiom: Lady Gregory · 22 January 2004

      • Lady Gregory's Toothbrush by Colm Tóibín
    • Hard Labour: Marvell beneath the Notes · 23 October 2003

      • The Poems of Andrew Marvell edited by Nigel Smith
    • Closets of Knowledge: Privacy · 19 June 2003

      • Privacy: Concealing the 18th-Century Self by Patricia Meyer Spacks
    • Reticulation: Wordsworth at Sea · 6 February 2003

      • The Wreck of the ‘Abergavenny’ by Alethea Hayter
    • Snarling: Angry Young Men · 28 November 2002

      • The Angry Young Men: A Literary Comedy of the 1950s by Humphrey Carpenter
    • To Kill All Day: Amis’s Terrible News · 17 October 2002

      • Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis
    • Lager and Pernod: Alan Warner · 22 August 2002

      • The Man Who Walks by Alan Warner
    • Pillors of Fier: Anthony Burgess · 11 July 2002

      • Nothing like the Sun: reissue by Anthony Burgess
    • Reports from the Not Too Distant Canon · 23 May 2002

      • The Invasion Handbook by Tom Paulin
    • In the Spirit of Mayhew: Rohinton Mistry · 25 April 2002

      • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
    • Zounds: Blasphemy · 14 January 2002

      • Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West from the 17th to the 19th Century by Alain Cabantous, translated by Eric Rauth
    • Point of View: Atonement by Ian McEwan · 4 October 2001

    • What Naipaul knows: V.S. Naipaul · 6 September 2001

      • Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul
    • Meaningless Legs: John Gielgud · 21 June 2001

      • Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904-2000 by Jonathan Croall
      • John G.: The Authorised Biography of John Gielgud by Sheridan Morley
      • John Gielgud: An Actor’s Life by Gyles Brandreth
    • Nutmegged: The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis. · 10 May 2001

      • The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis
    • The Small Noise Upstairs: Don DeLillo · 8 March 2001

      • The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
    • Maximum Assistance from Good Cooking, Good Clothes, Good Drink: Auden’s Shakespeare · 22 February 2001

      • Lectures on Shakespeare by W.H. Auden, edited by Arthur Kirsch
    • Playing the Seraphine: Penelope Fitzgerald · 25 January 2001

      • The Means of Escape: Stories by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • At Tate Britain: William Blake · 14 December 2000

    • Motoring: James Lees-Milne · 30 November 2000

      • Deep Romantic Chasm: Diaries 1979-81 by James Lees-Milne, edited by Michael Bloch
      • A Mingled Measure: Diaries 1953-72 by James Lees-Milne
      • Ancient as the Hills: Diaries 1973-74 by James Lees-Milne
    • No Tricks: Raymond Carver · 19 October 2000

      • Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Prose by Raymond Carver
    • The heart of standing is you cannot fly: Empson and Obscurity · 22 June 2000

      • The Complete Poems of William Empson edited by John Haffenden
    • How did we decide what Christ looked like?: How Jesus Got His Face · 27 April 2000

      • The Image of Christ edited by Gabriele Finaldi
    • Funny Water: Raban at Sea · 20 January 2000

      • Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban
    • Writing about Shakespeare · 9 December 1999

    • Complicated Detours: Darwin’s Worms by Adam Phillips · 11 November 1999

      • Darwin's Worms by Adam Phillips
    • Charging Downhill: Michael Holroyd · 28 October 1999

      • Basil Street Blues: A Family Story by Michael Holroyd
    • Bonjour Sagesse: Claire Messud · 30 September 1999

      • The Last Life by Claire Messud
    • Out of Sight, out of Mind: A.J. Ayer’s Winning Ways · 15 July 1999

      • A.J. Ayer: A Life by Ben Rogers
    • Diary: being a critic · 27 May 1999

    • ‘Message from your wife, sir.’ ‘Not now.’ ‘She says: “Have nothing to do with this just man”’: A Pointless Book about Pilate · 15 April 1999

      • Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man by Ann Wroe
    • Overflow: John Updike · 21 January 1999

      • Beck at Bay: A Quasi-Novel by John Updike
    • Paint Run Amuck: Jack Yeats · 12 November 1998

      • Jack Yeats by Bruce Arnold
    • O How Unlike the Father: Bad Father, Good Son · 15 October 1998

      • The Alternative Trinity: Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton and Blake by A.D. Nuttall
    • First Pitch: Marianne Moore · 16 April 1998

      • The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore edited by Bonnie Costello and Celeste Goodridge et al
    • Enemy of the Enemies of Truth: The history of the footnote · 19 March 1998

      • The Footnote: A Curious History by Anthony Grafton
    • Toe-Lining · 22 January 1998

      • Shakespeare’s Troy: Drama, Politics and the Translation of Empire by Heather James
    • Pooka · 16 October 1997

      • Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
    • For a Few Dollars More · 18 September 1997

      • Frozen Desire: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Money by James Buchan
    • Gossip · 5 June 1997

      • The Untouchable by John Banville
    • Under the Loincloth · 3 April 1997

      • The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion by Leo Steinberg
    • What he did · 20 March 1997

      • W.B. Yeats: A Life. Vol. I: The Apprentice Mage by R.F. Foster
    • Grandiose Moments · 6 February 1997

      • Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, Vol. II by Max Saunders
    • My Man · 2 January 1997

      • Judas: Betrayer or Friend of Jesus by William Klassen
    • A Turn of Events · 14 November 1996

      • Reality and Dreams by Muriel Spark
    • The cars of the elect will be driverless · 31 October 1996

      • Omens of the Millennium by Harold Bloom
    • England’s Troubles · 17 October 1996

      • The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott
    • Not His Type · 5 September 1996

      • About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-96 by David Sylvester
    • Marshy Margins · 1 August 1996

      • The True Story of the Novel by Margaret Anne Doody
    • Floating Hair v. Blue Pencil · 6 June 1996

      • Revision and Romantic Authorship by Zachary Leader
    • Cad · 4 April 1996

      • Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude by Ray Monk
    • Dis-Grace · 21 March 1996

      • In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike
    • Improving the Plays · 7 March 1996

      • Shakespeare at Work by John Jones
    • The Spree · 22 February 1996

      • The Feminisation of American Culture by Ann Douglas
      • Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the Twenties by Ann Douglas
    • A Likely Story · 25 January 1996

      • Howard Hodgkin: Paintings by Michael Auping, John Elderfield and Susan Sontag, edited by Marla Price
      • Howard Hodgkin by Andrew Graham-Dixon
    • My Mad Captains · 14 December 1995

    • My Mad Captains · 30 November 1995

    • Staggering · 2 November 1995

      • Roy Fuller: Writer and Society by Neil Powell
    • Dark Fates · 5 October 1995

      • The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Even paranoids have enemies · 24 August 1995

      • F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism by Ian MacKillop
    • The Guilt Laureate · 6 July 1995

      • The Double Tongue by William Golding
    • Gaiety · 8 June 1995

      • Angus Wilson by Margaret Drabble
    • Liveried · 11 May 1995

      • John Gay: A Profession of Friendship. A Critical Biography by David Nokes
    • Strange, Sublime, Uncanny, Anxious · 22 December 1994

      • The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom
    • Made in Heaven · 10 November 1994

      • Frieda Lawrence by Rosie Jackson
      • The Married Man: A Life of D.H. Lawrence by Brenda Maddox
      • Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence, edited by Bruce Steele
      • Twilight in Italy and Other Essays by D.H. Lawrence, edited by Paul Eggert
    • My Mad Captains · 20 October 1994

    • Yoked together · 22 September 1994

      • History: The Home Movie by Craig Raine
    • Breeding · 21 July 1994

      • The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner edited by Claire Harman
      • Sylvia and David: The Townsend Warner/Garnett Letters edited by Richard Garnett
    • With the Aid of a Lorgnette · 28 April 1994

      • The Lure of the Sea by Alain Corbin, translated by Jocelyn Phelps
      • The Foul and the Fragrant: Odour and the French Social Imagination by Alain Corbin, translated by Miriam Kochan
    • This Charming Man · 24 February 1994

      • The Collected and Recollected Marc edited by Mark Amory
    • Disintegration · 27 January 1994

      • The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry by T.S. Eliot, edited by Ronald Schuchard
    • Dangerous Faults · 4 November 1993

    • Big Fish · 9 September 1993

      • Tell Them I’m on my Way by Arnold Goodman
      • Not an Englishman: Conversations with Lord Goodman by David Selbourne
    • Cold Feet · 22 July 1993

      • Essays on Renaissance Literature. Vol. I: Donne and the New Philosophy by William Empson, edited by John Haffenden
      • William Empson: The Critical Achievement edited by Chistopher Norris and Nigel Mapp
    • Another Mother · 13 May 1993

      • Morgan: A Biography of E.M. Forster by Nicola Beauman
    • Hawkesbiz · 11 February 1993

      • Meaning by Shakespeare by Terence Hawkes
      • Shakespeare’s Professional Career by Peter Thomson
      • Shakespeare’s Mouldy Tales by Leah Scragg
      • Reading Shakespeare’s Characters by Christy Desmet
      • Bit Parts in Shakespeare’s Plays by Molly Mahood
    • Differences · 22 October 1992

      • The Jew’s Body by Sander Gilman
      • Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend by John Gross
      • Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading by Alan Sinfield
    • Wannabee · 8 October 1992

      • Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
    • Apocalyptic Opacity · 24 September 1992

      • The End of the Century at the End of the World by C.K. Stead
    • A Dingy Start to the Day · 10 September 1992

      • Kingsley Amis: Modern Novelist by Dale Salwak
      • London Calling: V.S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin by Rob Nixon
    • Avoiding Colin · 6 August 1992

      • Moral Literacy: Or how to do the right thing by Colin McGinn
      • The Space Trap by Colin McGinn
    • Asyah and Saif · 25 June 1992

      • In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif
    • Making a start · 11 June 1992

      • Openings: Narrative Beginnings from the Epic to the Novel by A.D. Nuttall
    • Sacrifice · 14 May 1992

      • The Gonne-Yeats Letters, 1893-1938 edited by Anna MacBride White and A. Norman Jeffares
    • Part and Pasture · 5 December 1991

      • Collected Poems by Henry Reed, edited with an introduction by Jon Stallworthy
    • Theory and Truth · 21 November 1991

      • Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars by Geoffrey Hartman
      • Spinoza and the Origins of Modern Critical Theory by Christopher Norris
      • What’s wrong with Postmodernism: Critical Theory and the Ends of Philosophy by Christopher Norris
    • Off the edge · 7 November 1991

      • Musical Elaborations by Edward Said
    • Cockaigne · 24 October 1991

      • Orwell: The Authorised Biography by Michael Shelden
    • Molly’s Methuselah · 26 September 1991

      • Bernard Shaw. Vol. III: 1918-1950, The Lure of Fantasy by Michael Holroyd
    • In reverse · 12 September 1991

      • Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
    • Britten when young · 29 August 1991

      • Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten Vol. I 1923-39, Vol. II 1939-45 edited by Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed
    • Elizabeth’s Chamber · 9 May 1991

      • The Infection of Thomas De Quincey: A Psychopathology of Imperialism by John Barrell
    • Georgie came, Harry went · 25 April 1991

      • A Passionate Apprentice. The Early Journals of Virginia Woolf, 1897-1909 edited by Mitchell Leaska
      • A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf by Jane Dunn
    • Vérités Bergères · 7 March 1991

      • Lilac and Flag by John Berger
    • Is writing bad for you? · 21 February 1991

      • Writer’s Block by Zachary Leader
    • After the Woolwich · 7 February 1991

      • Spanner and Pen: Post-War Memoirs by Roy Fuller
    • Young Marvin · 24 January 1991

      • A Tenured Professor by John Kenneth Galbraith
      • Shade those laurels by Cyril Connolly and Peter Levi
    • Hail to the Chief · 10 January 1991

      • Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture by Stephen Greenblatt
    • Our Fault · 11 October 1990

      • Our Age: Portrait of a Generation by Noël Annan
    • Saving the Streams of Story · 27 September 1990

      • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
    • Dangerous Liaisons · 28 June 1990

      • Ford Madox Ford by Alan Judd
    • Modern Masters · 24 May 1990

      • Where I fell to Earth: A Life in Four Places by Peter Conrad
      • May Week was in June by Clive James
    • Gloom without Doom · 19 April 1990

      • Letters of Leonard Woolf edited by Frederic Spotts
    • Who can blame him? · 5 April 1990

      • Critical Terms for Literary Study edited by Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin
      • The Ideology of the Aesthetic by Terry Eagleton
    • That was another planet · 8 February 1990

      • Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
    • Between centuries · 11 January 1990

      • In the Nineties by John Stokes
      • Olivia Shakespear and W.B. Yeats by John Harwood
      • Letters to the New Island by W.B. Yeats, edited by George Bornstein and Hugh Witemeyer
      • The Letters of Ezra Pound to Margaret Anderson: The ‘Little Review’ Correspondence edited by Thomas Scott, Melvin Friedman and Jackson Bryer
      • Ezra Pound and Margaret Cravens: A Tragic Friendship, 1910-1912 edited by Omar Pound and Robert Spoo
      • Postcards from the End of the World: An Investigation into the Mind of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna by Larry Wolff
      • Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
      • Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1916-1925 by Kenneth Silver
    • Talk about doing · 26 October 1989

      • Against Deconstruction by John Ellis
      • The New Historicism by H. Aram Veeser
      • Rethinking Historicism: Critical Essays in Romantic History by Marjorie Levinson, Marilyn Butler, Jerome McGann and Paul Hamilton
      • Towards a Literature of Knowledge by Jerome McGann
      • The Stoic in Love: Selected Essays on Literature and Ideas by A.D. Nuttall
    • Power-Seeker · 12 October 1989

      • Bernard Shaw. Vol. II: The Pursuit of Power by Michael Holroyd
    • Talking about Shakespeare · 28 September 1989

      • Young Hamlet: Essays on Shakespeare’s Tragedies by Barbara Everett
      • ‘Timon of Athens’ by A.D. Nuttall
    • Yesterday · 27 July 1989

      • The Pleasures of Peace: Art and Imagination in Post-War Britain by Bryan Appleyard
    • Stowaway Woodworm · 22 June 1989

      • A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
    • Southern Virtues · 4 May 1989

      • A Turn in the South by V.S. Naipaul
      • Allen Tate: A Recollection by Walter Sullivan
      • Self-Consciousness by John Updike
    • Diary · 20 April 1989

    • Paul de Man’s Abyss · 16 March 1989

      • Wartime Journalism, 1939-1943 by Paul de Man, edited by Werner Hamacher, Neil Hertz and Thomas Keenan
      • Critical Writings 1953-1978 by Paul de Man, edited by Lindsay Waters
      • Paul de Man: Deconstruction and the Critique of Aesthetic Ideology by Christopher Norris
      • Reading de Man Reading edited by Lindsay Waters and Wlad Godzich
    • Third World · 2 March 1989

    • Feast of St Thomas · 29 September 1988

      • Eliot’s New Life by Lyndall Gordon
      • The Letters of T.S. Eliot edited by Valerie Eliot
      • The Poetics of Impersonality by Maud Ellmann
      • T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of Criticism by Richard Shusterman
      • ‘The Men of 1914’: T.S. Eliot and Early Modernism by Erik Svarny
      • Eliot, Joyce and Company by Stanley Sultan
      • The Savage and the City in the Work of T.S. Eliot by Robert Crawford
      • T.S. Eliot: The Poems by Martin Scofield
    • Georgian eyes are smiling · 15 September 1988

      • Bernard Shaw. Vol. I: The Search for Love, 1856-1898 by Michael Holroyd
      • Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters. Vol. IV edited by Dan Laurence
      • Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Vol. VIII edited by Stanley Weintraub
      • Shaw’s Sense of History by J.L. Wisenthal
      • Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol. III: 1903-1907 edited by Frederick Karl and Laurence Davies
      • Joseph Conrad: ‘Nostromo’ by Ian Watt
    • Half-Way up the Hill · 7 July 1988

      • Young Betjeman by Bevis Hillier
    • Strait is the gate · 2 June 1988

      • Gorbals Boy at Oxford by Ralph Glasser
    • Return to the Totem · 21 April 1988

      • William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion by Stanley Wells, Gary Taylor, John Jowett and William Montgomery
      • Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare by Stanley Cavell
      • A History of English Literature by Alastair Fowler
    • Sic transit Marshall McLuhan · 17 March 1988

      • Letters of Marshall McLuhan edited by Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan and William Toye
    • Out of the jiffybag · 12 November 1987

      • For Love and Money: Writing, Reading, Travelling 1969-1987 by Jonathan Raban
      • Original Copy: Selected Reviews and Journalism 1969-1986 by John Carey
    • A Little of this Honey · 29 October 1987

      • Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann
    • Taken aback · 25 June 1987

      • Close Quarters by William Golding
    • How do you spell Shakespeare? · 21 May 1987

      • William Shakespeare. The Complete Works: Original-Spelling Edition edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor
      • William Shakespeare: The Complete Works edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor
    • Big John · 19 March 1987

      • Little Wilson and Big God by Anthony Burgess
    • Protonymphet · 5 February 1987

      • The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov, translated by Dmitri Nabokov
    • Everett’s English Poets · 22 January 1987

      • Poets in Their Time: Essays on English Poetry from Donne to Larkin by Barbara Everett
    • Diary · 4 December 1986

    • On a Chinese Mountain · 20 November 1986

      • The Royal Beasts by William Empson
      • Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson
    • J’Accuzi · 24 July 1986

      • The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis
    • Past-Praiser · 5 June 1986

      • Dear Shadows: Portraits from Memory by John Wain
      • The Oxford Library of English Poetry edited by John Wain
    • Modernisms · 22 May 1986

      • Pound, Yeats, Eliot and the Modernist Movement by C.K. Stead
      • The Myth of Modernism and 20th-century Literature by Bernard Bergonzi
      • The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature and the Arts by Roger Shattuck
    • Hemingway Hunt · 17 April 1986

      • Along with Youth: Hemingway, the Early Years by Peter Griffin
      • The Young Hemingway by Michael Reynolds
      • Hemingway: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
    • Spender’s Purges · 5 December 1985

      • Collected Poems 1928-1985 by Stephen Spender
      • A Version of the Oedipus Trilogy of Sophocles by Stephen Spender
      • Journals 1939-1983 by Stephen Spender, edited by John Goldsmith
    • Lawrence and Burgess · 19 September 1985

      • Flame into Being: The Life and Work of D.H. Lawrence by Anthony Burgess
      • The Kingdom of the Wicked by Anthony Burgess
    • Losers · 5 September 1985

      • Family and Friends by Anita Brookner
    • Major and Minor · 6 June 1985

      • The Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble
    • Westward Ho · 7 February 1985

      • The Letters of D.H. Lawrence. Vol. III: October 1916 - June 1921 edited by James Boulton and Andrew Robertson
      • Brett: From Bloomsbury to New Mexico by Sean Hignett
    • Victorian Vocations · 6 December 1984

      • Frederic Harrison: The Vocations of a Positivist by Martha Vogeler
      • Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian by Noël Annan
    • Old Testament Capers · 20 September 1984

      • The Only Problem by Muriel Spark
    • Sunday Mornings · 19 July 1984

      • Desmond MacCarthy: The Man and his Writings by David Cecil
    • Under threat · 21 June 1984

      • Tributes: Interpreters of our Cultural Tradition by E.H. Gombrich
    • Jogging in the woods at Bellagio · 19 April 1984

      • Small World by David Lodge
    • The Purser’s Tale · 5 April 1984

      • Home and Dry: Memoirs III by Roy Fuller
    • Superplot · 1 March 1984

      • The Paper Men by William Golding
      • William Golding: A Critical Study by Mark Kinkead-Weekes and Ian Gregor
    • Canons · 2 February 1984

      • Holy Scripture: Canon, Authority, Criticism by James Barr
      • Structuralist Interpretations of Biblical Myth by Edmund Leach and D. Alan Aycock
    • Conrad’s Complaint · 17 November 1983

      • The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol. I: 1861-1897 edited by Frederick Karl and Laurence Davies
    • Frank Kermode on the horse of the Baskervilles · 6 October 1983

      • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, translated by William Weaver
    • Last Man of Letters · 15 September 1983

      • The Forties: From the Notebooks and Diaries of the Period by Edmund Wilson, edited with an introduction by Leon Edel
      • The Portable Edmund Wilson edited by Lewis Dabney
      • To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
    • Broken Knowledge · 4 August 1983

      • The Oxford Book of Aphorisms edited by John Gross
      • The Travellers’ Dictionary of Quotation: Who said what about where? edited by Peter Yapp
    • Diary · 21 July 1983

    • Diary · 7 July 1983

    • Diary · 1 April 1983

    • Squalor · 3 February 1983

      • Gissing: A Life in Books by John Halperin
      • George Gissing: Critical Essays edited by Jean-Pierre Michaux
    • Intelligent Theory · 7 October 1982

      • Figures of Literary Discourse by Gérard Genette, translated by Alan Sheridan
      • Theories of the Symbol by Tzvetan Todorov, translated by Catherine Porter
      • The Breaking of the Vessels by Harold Bloom
      • The Institution of Criticism by Peter Hohendahl
      • Unspeakable Sentences: Narration and Representation in the Language of Fiction by Ann Banfield
    • Diary · 7 October 1982

    • Diary · 16 September 1982

    • Cantles · 17 June 1982

      • A Moving Target by William Golding
    • Bringing it home to Uncle Willie · 6 May 1982

      • Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Roger Tennant
      • Edward Garnett: A Life in Literature by George Jefferson
      • The Edwardian Novelists by John Batchelor
      • The Uses of Obscurity: The Fiction of Early Modernism by Allon White
    • Knowing · 3 December 1981

      • Bliss by Peter Carey
      • Exotic Pleasures by Peter Carey
    • Bumper Book of Death · 1 October 1981

      • The Hour of Our Death by Philippe Ariès, translated by Helen Weaver
    • Structuralism Domesticated · 20 August 1981

      • Working with Structuralism by David Lodge
    • Frank Kermode writes about Granada Television’s version, broadcast on 15 April, of Ford Madox Ford’s ‘The Good Soldier’ · 21 May 1981

    • Getting it right · 7 May 1981

      • Interpretation: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literary Criticism by P.D. Juhl
    • Posterity · 2 April 1981

      • God’s Fifth Column: A Biography of the Age, 1890-1940 by William Gerhardie, Michael Holroyd and Robert Skidelsky
      • Futility by William Gerhardie
    • The Essential Orwell · 22 January 1981

      • George Orwell: A Life by Bernard Crick
      • Class, Culture and Social Change: A New View of the 1930s edited by Frank Gloversmith
      • Culture and Crisis in Britain in the Thirties edited by Jon Clark, Margot Heinemann, David Margolies and Carole Snee
    • The Duckworth School of Writers · 20 November 1980

      • Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald
      • Winter Garden by Beryl Bainbridge
    • Tennyson’s Nerves · 6 November 1980

      • Tennyson: The Unqulet Heart by Robert Bernard Martin
      • Thro’ the Vision of the Night: A Study of Source, Evolution and Structure in Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’ by J.M. Gray
    • Joseph Conrad’s Flight from Poland · 17 July 1980

      • Conrad in the 19th Century by Ian Watt
    • Youth · 19 June 1980

      • The Generation of 1914 by Robert Wohl
    • Remembering the Movement, and researching it · 5 June 1980

      • The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s by Blake Morrison
      • The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse 1945-1980 by D.J. Enright
    • Oldham · 22 May 1980

      • The Reign of Sparrows by Roy Fuller
      • Souvenirs by Roy Fuller
    • Novels about Adultery · 15 May 1980

      • Love and Marriage by Laurence Lerner
      • Adultery in the Novel: Contract and Transgression by Tony Tanner
    • Educating the planet · 20 March 1980

    • English Changing · 7 February 1980

      • The State of the Language edited by Leonard Michaels and Christopher Ricks
    • Symbolism, Expressionism, Decadence · 24 January 1980

      • Romantic Roots in Modern Art by August Wiedmann
      • Symbolism by Robert Goldwater
      • Decadence and the 1890s edited by Ian Fletcher
    • Frank Kermode on a falling-out of literary friends · 6 December 1979

      • The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940-1971 edited by Simon Karlinsky
      • Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute edited by Peter Quennell
    • Booker Books · 22 November 1979

    • Apocalypse Now and Then · 25 October 1979

      • The Second Coming: Popular Millenarianism 1780-1850 by J.F.C. Harrison

    Letters

    24 April 2008, 6 March 2008, 6 November 2003, 9 October 2003, 25 September 2003, 6 February 2003, 10 May 2001, 17 February 2000, 3 April 1997, 10 November 1994, 23 September 1993, 9 September 1993, 24 June 1993, 21 November 1991, 24 January 1991, 4 September 1986, 3 July 1986, 19 April 1984, 5 March 1981, 7 February 1980

    Select a letter to see more contributors:ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

    Index of contributors »

    0 thoughts on “Essays On Fiction Kermode”

      -->

    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *