An Appointment with Somerset Maugham: Ans Other Literary Encounters
By: Richard Haver Costa (author)Paperback
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"Now, just ask yourself, " Maugham said without the least suggestion of a stutter, "wouldn't it be a dreadful world if pleasure ruled?" But pleasure has ruled Richard Costa's world - the pleasure of books and their writers. In this charming and insightful reminiscence, he introduces readers to a host of literary lives that have touched him: Somerset Maugham, H. G. Wells, Malcolm Lowry, Conrad Aiken, Edmund Wilson, Kingsley Amis, Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, and others. The journey of the mind and heart Costa traces has some illustrious guides. Reading and re-reading the works of memorable writers of our time, interviewing them, and writing about them, he has woven literature into his life in a way that provides illumination and just plain interest for those who read the story here. In his intellectual and literary chronicle, readers will find much humor, much memory, and much food for thought.
RICHARD HAUER COSTA was a journalist before turning to an academic career. He is the author of "Edmund Wilson: Our Neighbor from Talcottville" and other books and articles on contemporary writers. He is now professor emeritus of English at Texas A&M University.
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