A Plea for Eros
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.
Praise For A Plea for Eros: Essays…
“Clear, elegant writing ... Readers will find both emotional and intellectual resonance in Hustvedt's deeply personal essays.” —Publishers Weekly
“As accomplished and intelligent as the author's fiction--which is saying a lot.” —Kirkus Reviews
Picador, 9780312425531, 240pp.
Publication Date: December 27, 2005