Jay Parini

Book Review: Gore Vidal—Bitchy, Elegant, Fascinating, and Sad

October 10, 2015
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Jay Parini has provided an important slice of literary and cultural history as well as a portrait of a man.

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Book Review: Herman Melville and the Solace of Movement

November 28, 2010
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“Life, you see, is a lonely business . . . When there is a storm, it’s best to turn into the teeth of it. Don’t fly away, allowing an evil wind to come upon you from the stern. That’s our weakest part. We’re rib cage and metal up front. The bow is always best. Head…

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Book Interview: Sailing Through the Mind of Herman Melville

November 28, 2010
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In his novel “The Passages of H. M.: A Novel of Herman Melville” author Jay Parini combines extensive research from existing biographies with a concrete evocation of the nineteenth century writer’s world and mind. We ask the writer a few questions about Melville, and whether there would be a market for his books today. By…

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