February 28, 1993 |
Mansfield Park in Jane Austen's novel represents the virtues of English life: humane order and a gracious material prosperity, temperately enjoyed. Sir Thomas Bertram is the Prospero of this kingdom, and his impoverished niece Fanny Price sparks her way up through distractions and conflicts to be worthy of it. We are gratified and more. Austen did for her four-square theme what Mozart did for the dominant-tonic cadence. Edward W.
October 26, 2003 |
A library becomes a museum when you read the books. The things to see in a museum have been chosen. People who choose, and can give the reason for their choice, use an ancient Greek word for themselves -- "critic." Critics at their most useful are those who can guide us through a library when we are turning it into a museum by reading the books. They tend to be very special people, these guides to hundreds of books.
August 27, 1986
The third-quarter charge covers plant closings in the company's tobacco operation and a reduction in the goodwill of an office products unit, Chairman Edward W. Whittemore said, adding that the writeoff will reduce earnings for the quarter and the year. In the third quarter last year, the company reported net income of $114 million on sales of $2 billion. Whittemore also announced a 2-for-1 stock split, payable to holders of record Sept.
February 22, 1989 |
Some of America's best-known writers will gather today in Los Angeles and New York to demonstrate their solidarity with British author Salman Rushdie, who has been targeted for assassination by Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Members of PEN Center USA West and the National Book Critics Circle will read from Rushdie's works, including "The Satanic Verses," during a private reception in Los Angeles. Authors Ray Bradbury, T.
March 17, 1991
I am an avid reader of the Sunday Book Review but I object strongly to your chosen reviewers gratuitously injecting their own political opinions and prejudices in their copy when it has nothing to do with the book under review. The most recent example is that of Edward W. Said's review of Albert Hourani's "A History of the Arab People" (Feb. 17). In it he says, ". . . a very fine book, which appears just when the United States is attempting in effect to destroy Iraq as a modern Arab nation."