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       Cultural Cohesion, p.76

           Clive James
 

  Photography in the Twentieth Century (Tausk), 582–83

  Photography of Max Yavno, The (Yavno), 591

  Piece of My Mind, A (Wilson), 373–74, 383

  Pieces of Time (Bogdanovich), 562

  Planck, Max, 477

  Playing for Time (Miller), 269–70

  Plumed Serpent, The (Lawrence), 175

  Podhoretz, Norman, 408

  Poems (Auden), 5, 9, 10, 11

  Poems and Journeys (Johnston), 204–16

  Poésies (Mallarmé), 29

  Poetry and the Age (Jarrell), 84–85, 87

  Poirier, Richard, 389

  Polgar, Alfred, 516

  Pontecorvo, Gillo, 534, 544

  Poodle Springs Story, The (Chandler), 211

  Porter, Peter, 254

  Pound, Ezra, 74, 129, 130, 131, 133–35, 137, 381

  Praise to the End! (Roethke), 92, 96, 97

  Prelude, A (Wilson), 373, 374

  Preoccupations in Australian Poetry (Wright), 157

  Prévert, Jacques, 559

  Prime alla Scala (Montale), 456–65, 463

  Primo Levi (Thomson), 276–82

  Prince and the Showgirl, The, 404

  Princess Daisy (Krantz), xx, 236–44

  Private History of a Campaign That Failed, The (Twain), 309

  Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The (Starrett), 196

  Private Pictures, 581–82

  Prokudin-Gorskii, Sergei, 580

  Protocols of the Elders of Zion, The, 225

  Pudd’nhead Wilson (Twain), 310, 311

  Pushkin, Aleksandr, 4, 102–16, 117–21, 250, 451–52

  Pybus, Cassandra, 152–53

  Rajasthan: India’s Enchanted Land (Singh), 594

  Ransom, John Crowe, 85, 98

  Rathenau, Walther, 486

  Rauschenberg, Robert, 598–99

  Ray, Satyajit, 557, 594

  Raymond, Vicki, 148

  Raymond Chandler Speaking (Chandler), 201, 204

  Reawakening, The (Levi), 263, 267

  Rebozo, Bebe, 413

  Red Desert, 543

  Reds, 564

  Reich-Ranicki, Marcel, 272, 491, 492

  Renoir, Jean, 545, 557

  Required Writing (Larkin), 79–81

  Resnais, Alain, 268

  Resurrection (Tolstoy), 215, 216

  Return of Moriarty, The (Gardner), 196

  Return of Sherlock Holmes, The (Wilson), 191, 193

  Revel, Jean-François, 225

  Rhetoric of Fiction, The (Booth), 443

  Riboud, Marc, 595–96

  Rilke, Rainer Maria, 33

  Rizzoli, Angelo, 545–46

  RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (Nixon), 409–20

  Road to Serfdom, The (Hayek), 294

  Road to Wigan Pier, The (Orwell), 287

  Robert Rauschenberg Photographs (Rauschenberg), 598–99

  Robinson, Roland, 142–43

  Roethke, Theodore, 90–101, 440

  Rogers, Ginger, 278, 523

  Rosen, Charles, 588

  Rosenberg, Samuel, 197–98

  Rosenthal, Raymond, 259, 263–67

  Rosi, Francesco, 544

  Roth, Joseph, 490

  Roth, Philip, 396

  Rougeul, Jean, 546

  Rushdie, Salman, xiii, xiv, 38

  Rushing, Jimmy, 50

  Russell, Bertrand, 502–17

  Russell, Pee Wee, 52

  Russian Empire, The, 580

  Russians, The (Sichov), 596

  Russia under Soviet Rule (de Basily), 296

  Sad Heart at the Supermarket, A (Jarrell), 87

  Sainte-Beuve, Charles-Augustine, 120

  Saintsbury, George, 301

  Salieri, Antonio, 120–21

  Salinger, J. D., 181

  Sam Haskins/Photo graphics (Haskins), 599–600

  Sarris, Andrew, 542

  Sartre, Jean-Paul, 529

  Satanic Verses, The (Rushdie), 38

  Scènes de la Vie de Bohème (Murger), 193

  Schaefer, A. L. “Whitey,” 577, 601

  Schama, Simon, 470

  Schnitzler, Arthur, 335–37, 339, 487, 492–93

  Schwartz, Barth David, 525–38

  Scrolls from the Dead Sea, The (Wilson), 373

  Scruples (Krantz), 236

  Sea and Sardinia (Lawrence), 172

  Second Life of Art, The (Montale), 463

  Second Life of Art: Selected Essays of Eugenio Montale, The (Galassi, ed.), 456–65

  Self-Portrait with Friends (Beaton), 575

  Se Questo È un Uomo (Levi), 266

  Sereny, Gitta, 474–75, 480

  Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The (Meyer), 197

  Seven Steps to Heaven (Davis), 51

  Shakespeare, William, 126, 301–2, 308, 340–46, 442

  Shape of the Fire, The (Roethke), 92, 96

  Shaw, George Bernard, 301, 304, 315

  Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 105, 110–11

  Sherlock Holmes (Baring-Gould), 196

  Sherlock Holmes Detected (McQueen), 195–96

  Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook, The (Haining), 198

  Shoah, 268

  Shock of Recognition, The (Wilson), 373, 378

  Shores of Light, The (Wilson), 373, 377, 378, 379

  Sichov, Vladimir, 596

  Siegel, Don, 564

  Sign of Four, The (Doyle), 191, 192, 193–94

  Sinatra, Frank, 404, 523

  Singh, Raghubir, 594

  Singin’ in the Rain, 521

  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, l’homme et l’oeuvre (Nordon), 191

  Sleepless Nights (Newton), 578

  Slessor, Kenneth, 138–42, 149, 150, 152, 157

  Small Back Room, The (Balchin), 233

  Small Town in Germany, A (le Carré), 227

  Smith, Alys Pearsall, 505–7, 508

  Smith, Mary, 506

  Smith, Stevie, 123–28

  Snode, Chris, 580

  Snow, C. P., 191, 193

  Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr, xx, 214–26, 260, 280

  Some Like It Hot, 398, 399–400

  Sontag, Susan, 358–61, 568, 581, 583–84, 585

  Sordi, Alberto, 534

  Southern, Terry, 188–89

  South of My Days (Brady), 154

  Speak, Memory (Nabokov), 122

  Special Collection 24 Photo Lithos (Newton), 578

  Speer, Albert, 474–75, 480

  Spender, Stephen, 598

  Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The (le Carré), 227, 228, 229–30, 232

  Staatsstreich (Fest), 482

  Stalin, Josef, 160, 218, 221, 223, 286, 288, 292, 296, 388, 419, 490, 531

  Stamp, Terence, 534

  Stardust Memories, 541

  Starrett, Vincent, 196

  Star-Shaped Key, The, 267

  Steichen: The Master Prints, 1895–1914, 573

  Stevens, Wallace, 86, 440

  Stevenson, Adlai, 412, 413

  Stevie: A Biography of Stevie Smith (Barbera and McBrien), 123–28

  Stewart, Douglas, 149, 151, 157

  Stewart, Harold, 151

  Stieglitz, Alfred, 571, 572, 582

  St. Mawr (Lawrence), 177

  Strand, Paul, 572, 593

  Stratten, Dorothy, 563, 565

  Strictly Ballroom, 524

  Struve, Gleb, 296

  Study in Scarlet, A (Doyle), 191, 192, 193

  Stürmer, Michael, 489, 494

  Such is Life (Furphy), 156–57

  Sudek, 573–74

  Sulla Poesia (Montale), 53–54

  Summoned by Bells (Betjeman), 81

  Survival in Auschwitz (Levi), 260, 263, 283

  Sutherland, Donald, 555

  Svevo, Italo, 460–62

  Swift, Jonathan, 309

  Sword of Honor (Waugh), 428, 430, 431

  Symons, Julian, 191, 193

  Szarkowski, John, 570, 585, 587, 589–90

  Talbot, William Fox, 568

  Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays (Twain), 305
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br />   Tausk, Peter, 582–83

  Taylor, A. J. P., 488

  Tchaikovsky, Pyotr, 120, 122

  Teorema, 534

  Thalberg, Irving, 392

  Things of This World (Wilbur), 437, 441

  Thin Man, The (Hammett), 392

  This is Orson Welles (Bogdanovich), 562

  This Side of Paradise, 180

  Thomas, Dylan, 95–96, 97

  Thomas Hardy and British Poetry (Davie), 71–76

  Thomson, Ian, 276–82

  Through the Looking Glass (Auden), 10

  Thurber, James, 307

  Thwaite, Anthony, 38, 39, 43

  Time Exposure (Beaton), 575

  Time in New England (Strand), 572

  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (le Carré), 227

  Tognazzi, Ugo, 544

  To Live!, 549

  Tolstoy Leo, 215–16, 223

  To the Bitter End (Klemperer), 273

  To the Finland Station (Wilson), 382

  Towards Mozambique (Johnston), 102, 104

  Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Wittgenstein), 512

  Trask, Willard R., 329

  Tresckow, Henning von, 483

  Trilling, Lionel, 375, 378

  Triple Thinkers, The (Wilson), 112

  Trouble is My Business (Chandler), 208

  Truce, The (Levi), 267

  Truffaut, François, 557, 562

  Truman, Harry S., 412, 485

  Tucker, Larry, 555

  Turner, L. Roger, 580

  Tutti a Casa, 534

  Twain, Mark, 187, 231, 305–27

  Twelfth Night (Shakespeare), 126

  Twilight in Italy (Lawrence), 169–72

  Tynan, Kathleen, 497–501

  Tynan, Kenneth, 497–501

  Tyranny of Distance, The (Blainey), 256

  Una Vita Violenta (Pasolini), 530, 533

  Unfinished Woman, An (Hellman), 387, 388–89

  Upstate (Wilson), 370–74

  Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa, 548

  Valéry, 29, 450

  Valley of Fear, The (Doyle), 191, 192, 194, 199

  Velázquez, 588–89

  Verdi, Giuseppe, 463

  Vidal, Gore, 421–26

  Vile Bodies (Waugh), 429–30, 433

  Violent Life, A (Pasolini), 530

  Visconti, Luchino, 533–34, 548

  Visions of China (Riboud), 595–96

  Vivere!, 549

  von Stauffenberg, Claus Graf, 483

  Vreeland, Diana, 576–77

  Wagner, Richard, 486

  Waking, The (Roethke), 92–93, 96

  Wallace-Crabbe, Chris, 159

  Walter, Bruno, 487

  Wandering Islands, The (Hope), 139, 156

  War and Peace (Tolstoy), 215, 216, 223

  Warhol, Andy, 360, 414

  Wassermann, Jakob, 492

  Waste Land, The (Eliot), 353

  Water’s Edge (Callahan), 573

  Waugh, Evelyn, 69, 105, 301, 427–35

  Wax, Bill, 580

  We (Zamyatin), 296

  Weaver, William, 530

  Webb, Francis, 145–46, 161

  Welles, Orson, 498–99, 557, 561

  Weston, Brett, 592

  Weston, Edward, 570, 592

  What’s Up, Doc?, 562, 565

  White, E. B., 390

  White, Minor, 582

  White, Patrick, 156

  Whitehead, Alfred North, 506

  Whitehead, Evelyn, 506–7

  White Women (Newton), 578

  Whitlam, Gough, 249, 250

  Whitman, Walt, 85–86

  Whitsun Weddings, The, 39, 42, 43, 55, 57, 59–60, 62, 67–68, 75

  Who the Devil Made It (Bogdanovich), 561, 563

  Wilbur, Richard, 88, 436–42, 593

  Wilder, Billy, 398

  William Klein (Klein), 596–97

  Wilson, Angus, 191, 193, 196–97

  Wilson, Edmund, xvi, xvii, 112, 121–22, 305–6, 370–86, 423

  Wilson, Woodrow, 420

  Window on Russia, A (Wilson), 112

  Wise, Kelly, 574

  Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 502, 512

  Women on Women, 579

  Woodward, Bob, 420

  Words for the Wind (Roethke), 93, 96, 99

  Working Forest, A (Murray), 158

  Work of Atget, The (Atget), 589

  Wouk, Herman, 422

  Wound and the Bow, The (Wilson), 379

  Wright, Judith, 147, 149, 153–57, 159

  Wyeth, Jamie, 414

  Wylie, Elinor, 441

  Yeats, W. B., 15–16, 46, 72–76, 93, 95–96, 355, 380, 438

  Yorke, Henry, 429

  Yosemite and the Range of Light, 571

  You Only Live Twice (Fleming), 230

  Zabriskie Point, 543

  Zamyatin, Y. I., 296

  Zanuck, Darryl, 400, 401

  Zerner, Henri, 588

  Zolotow, Maurice, 395

  Zweig, Stefan, 493

  ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  Clive James was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1939 and educated at Sydney Technical High School and Sydney University, where he was literary editor of the student newspaper Honi Soit and also directed the annual Union Revue. After a year spent as assistant editor of the magazine page of the Sydney Morning Herald he sailed in late 1961 for England. Three years of a bohemian existence in London were succeeded by his entry into Cambridge University, where he read for a further degree while contributing to all the undergraduate periodicals and rising to the presidency of Footlights.

  His prominence in extracurricular activities having attracted the attention of the London literary editors, the byline “Clive James” was soon appearing in the Listener, the New Statesman, the Review and several other periodicals, all of them keen to tap into the erudite verve which had been showing up so unexpectedly in Varsity and the Cambridge Review. Yet the article that made his name was unsigned. At the invitation of Ian Hamilton, who as well as editing the Review was assistant editor of the Times Literary Supplement—which was still holding at the time to its traditional policy of strict anonymity—the new man in town was given several pages of the paper for a long, valedictory article about Edmund Wilson. Called “The Metropolitan Critic” in honour of its subject, the piece aroused widespread speculation as to its authorship: Graham Greene was only one of the many subscribers who wrote to the editor asking for their congratulations to be passed on, and it became a point of honour in the literary world to know the masked man’s real identity.

  Embarrassed to find himself graced with the same title he had given his exemplar, Clive James rapidly established himself as one of the most influential metropolitan critics of his generation, but he continued to act on his belief that a cultural commentator could only benefit from being as involved as possible with his subject, and over as wide a range as opportunity allowed. The Sunday newspaper the Observer hired him as a television reviewer in 1972, and for ten years his weekly column was one of the most famous regular features in Fleet Street journalism, setting a style which was later widely copied.

  During this period he gradually became a prominent television performer himself, and over the next two decades he wrote and presented countless studio series and specials, as well as pioneering the “Postcard” format of travel programmes, which are still in syndication all over the world. His major series Fame in the Twentieth Century was broadcast in Britain by the BBC, in Australia by the ABC and in the United States by the PBS network.

  But despite the temptations and distractions of media celebrity, he always maintained his literary activity as a critic, author, poet and lyricist. In 1974, his satirical verse epic Peregrine Prykke’s Pilgrimage was the talk of literary London, many of whose leading figures were disconcerted by appearing in it, and more disconcerted if they were left out. In the same year, The Metropolitan Critic was merely the first of what would eventually be six separate collections of his articles, and in 1979 his first book of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, recou
nting his upbringing in Australia, was an enormous publishing success, which has by now extended to more than sixty reprintings. It was followed by two other volumes of autobiography, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June.

  In addition there have been four novels, several books of poetry—a complete edition is planned—and a collection of travel writings, Flying Visits. His literary journalism became familiar in the United States through Commentary, the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. His fourth novel, The Silver Castle, the first book about Bollywood, was published in the United States in 1996.

  Collaborating with the singer and musician Pete Atkin, he wrote the lyrics for six commercially released albums in the early 1970s, and the partnership resumed with two more albums after the turn of the millennium, culminating with a hit appearance for their two-man song-show on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001 and a tour of Britain in 2002. Extended tours of both Britain and Australia are planned for 2003. After helping to found the successful independent television production company Watchmaker, Clive James retired from mainstream television to become chairman of the Internet enterprise Welcome Stranger, for which he now broadcasts in both video and audio on www.welcomestranger.com, the first webcasting site of its type. He is currently completing a long study of cultural discontinuity in the twentieth century, under the title of Alone in the Café, and has begun work on a dance operetta based on his passion for the Argentinian tango. In 1992 he was made a member of the Order of Australia, and in 1999 an honorary Doctor of Letters of Sydney University.

  Further praise for

  CULTURAL COHESION

  “Clive James is in the tradition of Hazlitt, Bagehot, and Edmund Wilson, with a gusto to succeed theirs.”

  —John Bayley

  “[Clive James’s] outstanding talent is as a cicerone, guiding the ignorant traveler with patience, knowledge, and wit round some favorite literary edifice and communicating his own admiration of it to the goggling and fascinated visitor.”

  —Times Literary Supplement

  “The timelessness, acuity, and humanism of James’ criticism is everywhere evident in this scintillating collection.”

  —Donna Seaman, Booklist

  Praise for Clive James

  “James’s prose is . . . comic, inventive, above all, energetic.”

  —New York Times Book Review

  “Clive James is a brilliant bunch of guys.”—The New Yorker

  “[James] writes like a prophet and he can satirize folly in high places with a touch as elegant as Oscar Wilde.”

  —Daily Mail

  “In a world where knowledge is becoming more fragmentary and specialized every day, Clive James can write about the high, the middle and low alike with astonishing facility and erudition.”

 
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