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Essays & Analysis (35)

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Critical Essay by Parkman Howe A midlife crisis, as in Oedipus's case, may be distressing; on the other hand, one may discover that an adolescent trauma has simply been delayed several decades.... Read more
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Critical Essay by Hayden Carruth [A couple of years ago] Letters to Yesinin, a minor masterpiece, was hardly noticed; it was minor because its mood was so thoroughly bleak that probably it could appea... Read more
500 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Vance Bourjaily In "Legends of the Fall," the title piece and best of Jim Harrison's collection of three novellas—and it seems fair to rank them good, bet... Read more
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Critical Essay by Keith Opdahl It's as though William Butler Yeats had written a scenario for Sam Peckinpah. Or as though James Dickey had done a Western—though Dickey wraps the violence... Read more
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Critical Essay by Anne V. Kish [Legends of the Fall] is a trilogy of tough, masculine stories reminiscent of Hemingway in terseness of style, sardonic philosophy, and even in heroes who are not too fa... Read more
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Bourjaily is an American novelist and critic. In the following review of Legends of the Fall, he notes the effective manner in which Harrison establishes "credibility" in creating a sens... Read more
909 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following favorable review of The Woman Lit by Fireflies, Houston explores stylistic and thematic aspects of the three novellas. A dozen years ago, Jim Harrison published a collection called Le... Read more
439 words, approx. 2 pages
Below, Rozen offers a mixed review of The Woman Lit by Fireflies. Jim Harrison writes like a tough guy with a soft heart. His novels and short stories are about men and women living, as best they can,... Read more
928 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following mixed review of the three novellas comprising Julip, Cheuse praises the engaging qualities of "Julip" and "The Seven-Ounce Man" but deems "The Beige... Read more
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Agee is an American novelist and critic. In the following essay, he offers a laudatory review of Julip, in particular commending the characterization and narrative voice in the three novellas. More th... Read more
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Cherry is an American poet, fiction writer, and essayist. In the following, she favorably reviews Julip, characterizing the three novellas in the collection as a triptych whose "motifs and refe... Read more
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Keith Opdahl is an American critic and author. In the following review of Legends of the Fall, he praises stylistic aspects of Harrison's novellas but challenges his depiction of the plight of ... Read more
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In the following review, Scannell presents a negative assessment of Legends of the Fall. "Legends of the Fall" is the title story of a volume containing three novellas by Jim Harrison wh... Read more
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In the following laudatory review, Grinnell provides a thematic analysis of Legends of the Fall. Jim Harrison writes with that clear precision of an experienced hunter who, with a razor sharp knife, c... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Roberson examines the themes and characters of Legends of the Fall. The basic theme in Harrison's prose is the individual's attempt to come to terms with, and t... Read more
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In the following interview, Harrison discusses his writing career and the major themes and characters of his work. Though he spent brief periods in New York and Boston during his restless youth and th... Read more
1,308 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Coates examines the plots, characters, and themes of The Woman Lit by Fireflies. For almost the last 20 years, Jim Harrison has been developing into one of our finest novelist... Read more
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Freeman is an American novelist and critic. In the following essay, she provides a positive assessment of The Woman Lit by Fireflies. Having now published six novels, seven books of poetry and two col... Read more
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In the following review, Kakutani offers a thematic analysis of the three novellas comprising The Woman Lit by Fireflies. Although they have almost nothing else in common, the three protagonists in Ji... Read more
544 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Scannell finds Legends of the Fall to be a horribly written book. “Legends of the Fall” is the title-story of a volume containing three novellas by Jim Harrison ... Read more
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In the following review, Cherry finds that the novellas contained in Julip, are beautifully written and fit well together as a collection. How life gets into art is mysterious and miraculous. A writer... Read more
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In the following review, Harrison analyzes the prevalent themes of sex, wildlife, nature, and escapism in Julip. The novella is an unfashionable and indeterminate form: is it a short novel or a long s... Read more
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In the following interview, Harrison and Bednarik discuss topics such as Harrison's poetry, his love of nature, and his philosophical outlook on life. Depending on whom you ask, Jim Harrison is... Read more
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In the following review, Locklin praises Harrison's collection of novellas Julip, giving special praise to the novella entitled “The Beige Dolorosa.” I loved the movie version of ... Read more
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In the following review, Veale favorably reviews The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems, stating that Harrison's poetry is graceful and in tune with nature. Jim Harrison is best know... Read more
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In the following review, Oser describes his mixed feelings about Harrison's The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems. While he admires Harrison's wit and “warts and all&#... Read more
5,446 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, McClintock gives examples of the influences of psychologist James Hillman and poet John Keats on Harrison's writing. The jackets on Jim Harrison's books used to n... Read more
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In the following review, Treadwell mentions that although Warlock is somewhat lacking in plot, it is ambitious and is salvaged by Harrison's incredible wit. Warlock is a comic novel which rests... Read more
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In the following essay, Gilligan discusses Harrison's subtle and overt uses of mythology in Warlock. Jim Harrison's recent book, Warlock (1981), resists critical analysis because it is s... Read more
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In the following review, Drabelle expresses disappointment in Sundog, asserting that Harrison's new style of story telling lacks the honesty of his earlier style. At about midpoint in his new n... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Deveson questions the hero-worshipping aspects contained in Sundog. Here, in one week, are two novels each of which is an exercise in a very American kind of hero-worship inv... Read more
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In the following favorable review of Dalva, Kakutani compliments Harrison's narrative abilities. Nearly a decade ago, Jim Harrison wrote “Legends of the Fall,” a fluently orchestr... Read more
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In the following review, Jones-Davis praises Harrison's novel Dalva for being a compassionate story with well-drawn characters. Dalva has kept a light burning in her heart for a dead husband of... Read more
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In the following interview, Smith delves into Harrison's past to discuss his published works and screenplays. Though he spent brief periods in New York and Boston during his restless youth and ... Read more
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In the following review, Agee describes the three novellas contained in Julip and the prevalent themes that the stories share. More than any other writer today, Jim Harrison has been saddled by the cr... Read more