Seduction and Betrayal

Seduction and Betrayal The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America s most brilliant writers and Seduction and Betrayal in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the lar

  • Title: Seduction and Betrayal
  • Author: Elizabeth Hardwick
  • ISBN: 9780394714073
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America s most brilliant writers, and Seduction and Betrayal, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism A gallery of unforgettable portraits of Virginia Woolf and ZelThe novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America s most brilliant writers, and Seduction and Betrayal, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism A gallery of unforgettable portraits of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle as well as a provocative reading of such works as Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler, and the poems of Sylvia Plath, Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso performance, a major writer s reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.

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    1. Elizabeth Hardwick

      Elizabeth Hardwick was an American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer.Hardwick graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1939 She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 She was the author of three novels The Ghostly Lover 1945 , The Simple Truth 1955 , and Sleepless Nights 1979 A collection of her short fiction, The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, will be published in 2010 She also published four books of criticism A View of My Own 1962 , Seduction and Betrayal 1974 , Bartleby in Manhattan 1983 , and Sight Readings 1998 In 1961 she edited The Selected Letters of William James and in 2000 she published a short biography, Herman Melville, in Viking Press s Penguin Lives seriesIn 1959, Hardwick published in Harper s, The Decline of Book Reviewing, a generally harsh and even scathing critique of book reviews published in American periodicals of the time The 1962 New York City newspaper strike helped inspire Hardwick, Robert Lowell, Jason Epstein, Barbara Epstein, and Robert B Silvers to establish The New York Review of Books, a publication that became as much a habit for many readers as The New York Times Book Review, which Hardwick had eviscerated in her 1959 essay.In the 70s and early 80s, Hardwick taught writing seminars at Barnard College and Columbia University s School of the Arts, Writing Division She gave forthright critiques of student writing and was a mentor to students she considered promising.From 1949 to 1972 she was married to the poet Robert Lowell their daughter is Harriet Lowell.In 2008, The Library of America selected Hardwick s account of the Caryl Chessman murders for inclusion in its two century retrospective of American True Crime writing.

    110 thoughts on “Seduction and Betrayal”

    1. As is the case for many a writer, what makes for good writing doesn't make for good human being. Hardwick has the sort of odious confidence whose origins always lie in hierarchical classification of the arbitrary, whether it be sanity, gender dichotomy, or class. Take away all that, and all that'd be left would be various petty, if artfully syntaxed, rantings about peep show suicide, the righteous introvert, the inevitable pathos of rape, and men needing to do what men need to do. The fact that [...]

    2. I wanted to like this book a lot more, given how much I adore Sleepless Nights. Some parts I did like: (1) the Bloomsbury essay, which trained my eye to be more attuned to the way Woolf's class prejudices manifest in her writing (Hardwick's juxtaposition of Woolf's handling of the Miss Kilman character in Mrs. Dalloway and Forster's handling of Leonard Bast in Howards End makes a convincing argument), and (2) the "Aha!" moment in the title essay where Hardwick analyzes how readers react differen [...]

    3. "The problem of creating sympathy for the woman whose destiny must run the narrow road"Hardwick looks at perspectives and writing by and about women, always looking for how their pathway, both as people and as characters is hemmed and defined by gender. After the Brontës, this is less about how women write about their own experience, than how men write about women and how the women related by birth or marriage to writers suffer from the relationship. I am grateful she does not follow the exampl [...]

    4. Hardwick writes with great eloquence and clarity and a feminist spirit. Those essays are nearly faultless and filled with awesome quotables that kept my highlighter engaged.I wish I'd discovered Hardwick's literary criticism while close-reading Ibsen at uni. I really, really hated Ibsen then. Perhaps with Hardwick's sympathetic analysis at hand I would've had an easier time seeing through my distaste for the standards of the era which he wrote about, and seen his female characters with a bit mor [...]

    5. I was very disappointed with this book. A previous reviewer quoted the introduction, and I decided to quote her review: " 'In the introduction, Joan Didion says: "Elizabeth Hardwick is the only writer I have ever read whose perception of what it means to be a woman and a writer seems in every way authentic, revelatory, entirely original and yet acutely recognizable.' That's nice."I wasn't sure if this reviewers "That's nice" comment was meant to be factitious or cutting, but I second her comment [...]

    6. One reviewer described Hardwick as a "portraitist in miniature" and this seems very apt. In this collection of critical essays (critical only in the sense that they engage in some close reading of texts; I wouldn't consider them academic), she turns an erudite and gently puzzling tone to the work and life of the Bronte sisters and their characters; Sylvia Plath's incantatory "heroine" status in 20th century poetry; Virginia Woolf & Bloomsbury; the female characters of Ibsen; and the complex [...]

    7. Terrific essays on canonical female writers and man-made female characters (title essay traces the subject from Richardson to Hawthorne to Hardy), but even better on the relationship between amateurs (Zelda F Dorothy Wordsworth, and Jane Carlyle), their famouser male counterparts, and the act of writing.

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hardwick is brilliant and moving in her portraits of the amateurs, Jane Carlyle, Dorothy Wordsworth, Zelda Fitzgerald. Her close reading of the life and works of her subjects and her identification of various echoes in her subject matter make for erudite yet humane essays. She is pretty forthright in her views but doesn't come across as scathing. Definite reread.

    9. "At the time Seduction and Betrayal was first published, a reviewer in the New York Times complained that if the book had a fault, it was that its author failed to 'make sufficient distinctions between the real and the literary.' That there are no such distinctions to be made, that the women we invent have changed the course of our lives as surely as the women we are, is in many ways the point of this passionate book." --Joan Didion

    10. Read a recent article in the New York Review of Books about a soon-to-be-published collection of the author's literary essays. Intrigued, I bought and am reading three of her previous books. She's smart and fascinating.

    11. the last chapter by itself deserves four starsthe rest of the book is a wonderful study on women in relation to literature. writer, characters and writer spouses. Hardwick posed the question on what it meant to be a woman, how they are portrayed in literature by author (men/women), how even when the women has not written the story themselves the live they shared with the authors influenced the literary characters, how being a woman hindered or supported the struggle of being a writer. Highly rec [...]

    12. Hardwick is a gifted critic, and I did enjoy her book a bundle. Keep in mind that Seduction and Betrayal is soley focused on examining female authors, and the wives of some famous male authors. Because of this, it seemed repetitive sometimes, although there were some stand out essays such as her pieces on Plath, and Fitzgerald's wife Zelda. The long title essay is also one of the better works in this collection.

    13. Truly amazing. What a book. Such thought provoking essays by Hardwick about women in literature, women authors and a final essay with the same name as the title. Harwick explores the idea of heroism, betrayal, seduction and victimhood of women in literature. I loved reading every page of this book. I highly recommend it.

    14. A remarkable collection of essays. Elizabeth Hardwick was certainly a talented writer who was not afraid to broach any subject. Informative and interesting, this is definitely a book worth reading.

    15. The essays on the Brontë sisters and Zelda Fitzgerald were excellent. Those on Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Jane Carlyle left much to be desired.

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