Pictures from an Institution
A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)
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Beneath the unassuming surface of a progressive women’s college lurks a world of intellectual pride and pomposity awaiting devastation by the pens of two brilliant and appalling wits. Randall Jarrell’s classic novel was originally published to overwhelming critical acclaim in 1954, forging a new standard for campus satire—and instantly yielding comparisons to Dorothy Parker’s razor-sharp barbs. Like his fictional nemesis, Jarrell cuts through the earnest conversations at Benton College—mischievously, but with mischief nowhere more wicked than when crusading against the vitriolic heroine herself.
Praise For Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)…
— Noel Malcolm
— Donna Leon
— Orville Prescott
“I’m greatly impressed by the real fun, the incisive satire, the closeness of observation, and in the end by a kind of sympathy and human warmth. It’s a remarkable book.”
— Robert Penn Warren
“[An] exquisite, unerring comedy of manners. . . . [P]erhaps the funniest book I have ever read.”
— Cathleen Schine
— Francis Steegmuller,
— Michael Wood
— Mary Welp
— Edmund Fuller
University of Chicago Press, 9780226393759, 296pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2010
About the Author
Randall Jarrell (1914–1965) was the author of six volumes of poetry and the recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry in 1961. Pictures from an Institution is his only novel.