Books by Clive James and Complete Book Reviews

Clive James. Norton/Liveright, $24.95 (80p) ISBN 978-1-63149-172-6
James (Poetry Notebook 2006–2014), the famous Australian-born British TV personality and cultural critic, muses about his slowed-down, ailing body in moving new verse about illness, debility, and impending death. “The storm blew out and this is the...
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Clive James. Norton, $24.95 (234p) ISBN 978-1-63149-027-9
This collection of "miniature essays" on poetry by the prolific James (Cultural Amnesia), who is both a poet and an opinionated, outspoken consumer of poetry, informs and delights. James's yardstick is clear—"If only to secure a brief respite from...
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Clive James, Author Random House (NY) $23 (272p) ISBN 978-0-375-50093-0
James's (Brilliant Castle) pointed fable about India's vast misery amid its vaunted pockets of affluence falls uneasily between modern fairy tale and acid social satire. The metamorphosis of its winsome, cunning protagonist, Sanjay, from street...
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Clive James, Author . Norton $29.95 (204p) ISBN 978-0-393-06707-1
Famous for decades in Britain and in his native Australia as an essayist, critic and television presenter, James has latterly gained attention in both those countries for his poems, long a sidelight, but now moving toward center stage. James's...
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Clive James. Yale Univ., $25 (192p) ISBN 978-0-300-21319-5
James, an Australian-born literary critic and almost legendary London public intellectual, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He has since crafted a collection of beautifully thought-out, piquant essays, some only a few pages, that survey what he...
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Clive James, Author W. W. Norton & Company $14.95 (199p) ISBN 978-0-393-02294-0
Literate, brilliantly perceptive and witty, James's travel writing lays fair claim to S.J. Perelman's mantle. In this collection of James's London Observer pieces he describes his visits to his native Australia, Moscow, Japan, Salzburg and Jerusalem,
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Clive James, Author . Norton $35 (640p) ISBN 978-0-393-05180-3
Over the course of almost 50 essays, cultural pundit James only occasionally wears out his welcome, and very infrequently misses his mark. Four essays on Philip Larkin cover much the same ground, a piece on Twain, when it tries to rope in Vietnam...
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Clive James. Yale Univ., $25 (216p) ISBN 978-0-300-21809-1
Australian author James (Unreliable Memoirs) brings his sharp critical eye to TV’s current golden age, providing witty and insightful musing on popular and critically acclaimed series of the past two decades. He posits that good television is an art
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Clive James, Author Random House (NY) $20 (173p) ISBN 978-0-679-41172-7
In this rarefied romp, a comic take on the mutual misunderstandings between Japan and the West, Akira Suzuki, a sensitive, shy young Japanese writer and bookseller living in London, has an affair with a suicidal English punk rocker turned freelance...
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Clive James, Author . Norton $35 (876p) ISBN 978-0-393-06116-1
From Anna Akhmatova to Stefan Zweig, Tacitus to Margaret Thatcher, this scintillating compendium of 110 new biographical essays plumbs the responsibilities of artists, intellectuals and political leaders. British critic James (Visions Before...
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