Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere

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Verso, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 358 pages
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"Hitchens provides rich evidence that his own sallies as a political journalist are nourished by an erudite familiarity with a broad sweep of novelists, essayists and poets. In these pages Oscar Wilde's profound radicalism is uncovered; George Orwell's role as a fulcrum between left and right is carefully appraised; the languid irony and cosmopolitanism of Gore Vidal are celebrated; and a discussion of the fatwah issued against Salman Rushdie prompts a meditation on the West's misunderstood encounter with Islam. Along the way, a refined and knowledgeable palate samples offerings from, amongst others, P. G. Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Powell, Saul Bellow, Alan Bloom, Philip Larkin and Patrick O'Brian, and dethrones the overrated, conspicuous among them such figures as Tom Wolfe and Isaiah Berlin."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

The Wilde Side
3
Oscar Wildes Socialism
9
Lord Trouble
17
George Orwell and Raymond Williams1
26
Oh Lionel
44
Age of Ideology
49
The Real Thing
53
The Cosmopolitan Man
59
Powells Way
187
Something about the Poems
204
The EggHeads EggerOn
217
Themes
229
Hooked on Ebonics
231
In Defence of Plagiarism
236
Ode to the West Wing
243
For Their Own Sake
255

AfterTime
72
Ireland
81
Stuck in Neutral
94
A Regular Bull
101
Not Dead Yet
109
In Spite of Themselves
119
Old Man Kipling
121
Critic of the Booboisie
130
Goodbye to Berlin
138
The Grimmest Tales
165
The Importance of Being Andy
171
How Unpleasant to Meet Mr Eliot
184
OBrians Great Voyage
257
The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle
271
The Road to West Egg
281
Rebel in Evening Clothes
288
The Long Littleness of Life
295
Enemies List
309
Running on Empty
311
Unmaking Friends
320
Something for the Boys
327
The Cruiser
335
Index
347
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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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