Lives of the Novelists
A History of Fiction in 294 Lives
Yale University Press, $39.95, 818 pp.
In 2008, John Sutherland published a book called Magic Moments, in which he recounted pivotal encounters with books (and movies and music) from the age of five to the age of twenty-one. Don’t be misled by the apparently saccharine title. While there is great affection in Sutherland’s accounts of these encounters, his tone is astringent, his wit biting, his memory unforgiving.
The book begins with two epigraphs:
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