Brian Murray

Brian Murray is professor of English at Youngstown State University. 

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  • September 1986

    Telling Stories Out of School

    It was E.G. Wodehouse, I think, who once told an anxious would-be writer of fiction that literary success was the result of careful adherence to a few very simple rules. Find a desk, Wodehouse suggested, and stock its drawers with sharp pencils and plenty of paper. Pull up a chair. Then, "Put your bum on the chair. And keep it there."

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  • August 1986

    Ez and Old VORT

    At the time of his death in 1957, Lewis was probably better known for his persona than for his writings or the brilliant paintings and drawings that he also produced for more than four decades.

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  • July 1986

    Flightless Bird

    Many see in Kurt Vonnegut a menace to society. Since the late 1960's, parents' groups and school boards in several states have launched drives to keep Slaughterhouse Five and other Vonnegut novels out of libraries and off syllabi.

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  • April 1986

    The Lure of Youth

    In the early 1920's, Wyndham Lewis began to discern the makings of a trend. Virtually everywhere he looked, Lewis found writing that retailed the wonders of childishness, precocity, and primitive energy; that implied, too, that life was quite finished at, say, 35.

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  • Embarrassment of Riches
    February 1986

    Embarrassment of Riches

    During the 1950's, an increasing number of middle Americans no longer took seriously the principle that honest work carefully performed is its own true reward.

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  • December 1985

    Wet Cement

    Iain Banks's first novel invites comparison with the work of Ian McEwan. During the mid-1970's, McEwan began to establish himself as one of Britain's most successful writers of fiction.

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  • October 1985

    TRUTH in Green Trousers

    When the young American poet Ezra Pound arrived in London in the autumn of 1908, he had considerably more on his mind than a tour of Westminster Abbey and a boat ride down the Thames.

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  • Academic Anomie & Root-Canal Remedies
    September 1985

    Academic Anomie & Root-Canal Remedies

    During the 1920's and 30's, it was possible for a talented young American author to earn a living publishing virtually nothing but short fiction. Scribner's, Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, and numerous other widely circulated magazines all aggressively sought fiction that was not too radically experimental.

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  • August 1985


    Nightfall for Liberalism? Daring Moderation Mocking the Booboisie

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  • July 1985

    Cold Pricklies & Warm Fuzzies

    Joyce may serve us too much gore and gloom on occasion, but she goes easy on the schmaltz.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Weapons of Despair, Professor Hawkins Responds

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  • The Mind of a Manichean
    March 1985

    The Mind of a Manichean

    "Religion, Love, Nature, Polity–All select things have a reference to Mysticism." –Novalis

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  • January 1985

    Scandalizing Uncle Ez

    Without doubt, Ezra Pound was a remarkable poet. His best verse is beautifully cadenced, delicately chiseled. Herbert Read described him as "an alchemist who transmuted the debased counters of our language into pure poetic metal. “deferentially. Eliot called him il miglior fabbro, the better craftsman.

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  • Red Hot Harlequin Romances
    September 1984

    Red Hot Harlequin Romances

    In an afterword to one of the stories contained in You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, Ms. Walker admits "I am sometimes naive and sentimental." On this point at least, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens does much to prove her right.

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