The Broken Estate

The Broken Estate

Book Title: The Broken Estate

Author: James Wood

Format: Paperback | 276 pages

Publication Date: 25 May 2010

ISBN-13: 9780312429560

Published when he was thirty-three, The Broken Estate is the first book of essays by the man who would become one of America's most esteemed literary critics. Ranging in subject from Jane Austen to John Updike, this collection introduced American readers to a new kind of humanist criticism. Wood is committed to judging literature through its connection with the soul, its appeal to our appetites and identities, and he examines his subjects rigorously, without ever losing sight of the mysterious human impulse that has made these works valuable to generations of readers.