Marvin Mudrick


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Marvin Mudrick (1921 – 1986) taught at UC Santa Barbara from 1949 until his death in October 1986. He created the university's College of Creative Studies in 1967 and was its provost until forced out by Chancellor Robert Huttenback in 1984. He wrote 100 essays on books for The Hudson Review and published five collections of his essays on books and writers. He also wrote for The New York Review of ... more »

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  • Boswell's Johnson is the word made flesh... an extemporaneous man talking himself into the thick of every occasion (in a world of occasions if nothing else) and therefore no monument at all but all th...
    Marvin Mudrick (1921-1986), U.S. critic. Nobody Here But Us Chickens, "The Entertainer," Ticknor & Fields (1981).
  • Life direct...is what Flaubert and Joyce have convinced themselves the man may never get quite clear of but the artist has nothing to do with. What they can't admit is that t is overrated: which artis...
    Marvin Mudrick (1921-1986), U.S. critic. Nobody Here But Us Chickens, "Life Direct and the Indifferential Calculus," Ticknor & Fields (1981).
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