The Things That Matter
What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life
By Edward Mendelson
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307275226, 264pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2007
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Edward Mendelson a professor of English at Columbia University illustrates how each novel is a living portrait of the human condition while expressing its author's complex individuality and intentions and emerging from the author's life and times. He explores "Frankenstein" as a searing representation of child neglect and abandonment and "Mrs. Dalloway" as a portrait of an ideal but almost impossible adult love, and leads us to a fresh and fascinating new understanding of each of the seven novels, reminding us in the most captivating way why they matter.
“Filled with sage insights into literature and life. . . . A joy to read.”—The Wall Street Journal“Dazzling. . . . The highest achievement of literary criticism is to make the reader hunger to go back to the book and reconfirm what has been opened up.”—The New York Times Book Review“Masterful. . . . Filled with surprises and delights. Fluid, wide and deep, The Things That Matter takes a rightful place next to the literature we love.”—The Washington Times