Christine Brooke-Rose, the prominent English critic and experimental writer, died on March 21 at the age of 89. Brooke-Rose was born in Switzerland and educated at Somerville College in Oxford and University College in London. She taught English literature at the University of Paris from 1968 to 1988. Brooke-Rose's writing ranged from literary criticism to short stories,, but she is perhaps best known for her experimental novels, and the techniques of constraint she used to employ writing them (i.e. writing an entire novel without using the verb "to be.") In 1992, New Directions published Brooke-Rose's Textermination — a novel about a gathering of famous literary characters at a San Francisco Hitlon who ponder their continued existence in the minds of contemporary readers.
You can read her obituary in the New York Times here.
ND editor Michael Barron interviewed Elaine Lustig for Bomb's blog. Read it here.
May 2013 News from New Directions
» Read More
Rebecca Ariel Porte, in a beautiful essay written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, dicusses Susan Howe's Sorting Facts: Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, addressing Chris Marker's films, as well. Definitely worth a read — here.
Writing for Bookslut, Christopher Merkel reviews the 65th anniversary edition of the classic modernist text. Read it here.