Stanley May Elkin Reviews Of Elkin's Recent Work - Essay

Reviews Of Elkin's Recent Work

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Meg Wolitzer (review date 21 March 1993)

SOURCE: "The Roaring Anger of Not Being in Charge," in The New York Times Book Review, March 21, 1993, pp. 3, 19.

[Wolitzer is an American novelist, critic, and author of children's literature. In the following review of Van Gogh's Room at Arles, she praises Elkin's prose style, humor, and compassionate understanding of his characters.]

The cover of Stanley Elkin's 1985 novel read Stanley Elkin's The Magic Kingdom, which brings to mind titles like Stephen King's "It" and Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough. What was Mr. Elkin's book doing in that particular pantheon? His...

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