Elizabeth Hardwick


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Elizabeth Hardwick (July 27, 1916 – December 2, 2007) was an American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer.

Hardwick was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1939. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947.

In 1959, Hardwick published in Harper's, "The Decline of Book Reviewing," a generally harsh and even ... more »

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  • ''The fifties—they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.''
    Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916), U.S. critic, author. "Domestic Manners," Bartleby in Manhattan and Other Essays (1983).
  • Mothers born on relief have their babies on relief. Nothingness, truly, seems to be the condition of these New York people.... They are nomads going from one rooming house to another, looking for a to...
    Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916), U.S. author, critic. "The Insulted and Injured: Books About Poverty," A View of My Own (first published 1961, repr. 1962...
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