Monday, July 06, 2009

What is David Castronovo reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: David Castronovo, author of Edmund Wilson (a New York Times Notable Book), Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture, Critic in Love: A Romantic Biography of Edmund Wilson (with Janet Groth), The English Gentleman, and other important works on literary subjects.

His latest book is Blokes: The Bad Boys of English Literature (Continuum International, 2009).

He is C. Richard Pace Professor at Pace University, NY, and lives in New York City.

One paragraph from his Writers Read entry:
Now while kicking back I have enjoyed Irish Brooklyn of the 1950s in Colm Toibin’s beautifully controlled and evocative novel Brooklyn: having been a boy in that borough back then, I can say that he captures the restrained mores of the time and the feel of old downtown with its department stores and nearby row houses. Joseph O’Neill’s masterpiece Netherland is a crazy mix of Brooklyn elements from a different period; it’s an exuberant and very sad treatment of West Indians, American dreaming--and a dream of making cricket a major American sport.[read on]
Learn more about David Castronovo and Blokes: The Bad Boys of English Literature.

Writers Read: David Castronovo.

--Marshal Zeringue