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Christopher Hitchens

"America's foremost rhetorical pugilist." (John Giuffo, The Village Voice) The death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than 40 years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay posthumously bestowed on Hitchens praised him for the way he wrote "with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed". He could write, the judges went on to say, with "undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection." He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, "slashing and lively, biting and funny - and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry". And as Michael Dirda, writing in The Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens "was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere". The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international best seller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet...assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens' oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover". The range and quality of Hitchens' essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written.

"America's foremost rhetorical pugilist." (John Giuffo, The Village Voice) The death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than 40 years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay posthumously bestowed on Hitchens praised him for the way he wrote "with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed". He could write, the judges went on to say, with "undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection." He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, "slashing and lively, biting and funny - and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry". And as Michael Dirda, writing in The Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens "was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere". The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international best seller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet...assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens' oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover". The range and quality of Hitchens' essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written.
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"America's foremost rhetorical pugilist." (John Giuffo, The Village Voice) The death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than 40 years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay posthumously bestowed on Hitchens praised him for the way he wrote "with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed". He could write, the judges went on to say, with "undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection." He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, "slashing and lively, biting and funny - and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry". And as Michael Dirda, writing in The Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens "was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere". The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international best seller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet...assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens' oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover". The range and quality of Hitchens' essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West

Length:

11h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

42:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

22:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:47