"Funny, sly, serious and refreshing. . . .Her intelligence, wit and urgency bubble out of every erudite sentence. . . .She is like a brilliant friend."
—The Hartford Courant
"A sophisticated and subtle tour through some of our country’s greatest fictional landscapes . . . a deeply thoughtful pleasure."
—San Diego Union Tribune
"Among twentieth-century literary essayists, only Virginia Woolf has created comparable likenesses."
–Joyce Carol Oates
"Elizabeth Hardwick is our most original, brilliant and amusing critic. Many of these essays are already classics for their insight and style."
"Hardwick has a gift for coming up with descriptions so thoughtfully selected, so exactly right, that they strike the reader as inevitable."
"Literature, history, social criticism, and an original and cryptically brilliant intelligence meet in this engrossing–and permanent–collection."