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Pictures from an Institution (1954)

de Randall Jarrell

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Beneath the unassuming surface of a progressive women's college lurks a world of intellectual pride and pomposity awaiting devastation by the pens of two brilliant and appalling wits. Randall Jarrell's classic novel was originally published to overwhelming critical acclaim in 1954, forging a new standard for campus satire--and instantly yielding comparisons to Dorothy Parker's razor-sharp barbs. Like his fictional nemesis, Jarrell cuts through the earnest conversations at Benton College--mischievously, but with mischief nowhere more wicked than when crusading against the vitriolic heroine herself.  "A most literate account of a group of most literate people by a writer of power. . . . A delight of true understanding."--Wallace Stevens "I'm greatly impressed by the real fun, the incisive satire, the closeness of observation, and in the end by a kind of sympathy and human warmth. It's a remarkable book."--Robert Penn Warren "Move over Dorothy Parker. Pictures . . . is less a novel than a series of poisonous portraits, set pieces, and endlessly quotable put-downs. Read it less for plot than sharp satire, Jarrell's forte."--Mary Welp "One of the wittiest books of modern times."--New York Times "[T]he father of the modern campus novel, and the wittiest of them all. Extraordinary to think that 'political correctness' was so deliciously dissected 50 years ago."--Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph "A sustained exhibition of wit in the great tradition. . . . Immensely and very devastatingly shrewd."--Edmund Fuller, Saturday Review "[A] work of fiction, and a dizzying and brilliant work of social and literary criticism. Not only 'a unique and serious joke-book,' as Lowell called it, but also a meditation made up of epigrams."--Michael Wood… (mais)
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    The Groves of Academe de Mary McCarthy (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Another enjoyable account from the 1950s of doings and misdoings at an American university. (McCarthy is said to have been the original of one of Jarrell's characters, in fact.)
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This book had flashes of clever writing, but much more that was obscure and pointless. Perhaps prose by a poet tends toward taking risks of metaphor and expression that work in the more spare poetic medium, but fail in a prose narrative. There was an underlying snarky tone, in which nearly every character is faulted as pathetic, or mindlessly selfish and provincial, that made it further unsatisfying. ( )
  oatleyr | Aug 22, 2020 |
The funniest, wittiest, meanest satire this side of Mary McCarthy. And it's about Mary McCarthy. ( )
  giovannigf | Nov 15, 2014 |
I wish he'd written more than one novel. Jarrall is of course most famous for 'The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,' which was, along with 'The Hollow Men,' one of the poems responsible for getting me into literature 25 years ago, when I was 12 or 13.

Too busy to say much right now: this is a superior, perhaps one of the best, of the academic fiction I've read, although I have to admit that I don't read much of it: too self-indulgent. It's as good as Pnin, better in many ways than Possession, and leaves crap like David Lodge or Francine Prose in the crapdust. And, unlike Amis's Lucky Jim, Jarrall's satire often discovers things to like in academia. With that in mind, this excerpt from the summary is pretty hamfisted: "Pictures from an Institution is a superb series of poisonous portraits, set pieces, and endlessly quotable put-downs. One reads it less for plot than sharp satire, of which Jarrell is the master." No, actually, it's a lot more than that, and that's obvious, again, if you compare it to Lucky Jim: but that would require, oh, knowing anything about the genre before writing the blurb. Now, as for the purportedly savage caricature of Mary McCarthy: sort of. But one has to observe just how brilliant the Gertrude character is: she's mean, but there's no character more witty or feared in the novel, and it's never said that Gertrude's a bad writer. If someone savagely portrayed me this way, I'd have his babies.

So, if you don't like an academic novel that's light on plot, one whose prose is a set of poetic maxims strung together, then read Jane Smiley's Moo. Otherwise, read this. Now. ( )
  karl.steel | Apr 2, 2013 |
This may be the most consistently witty book ever written. There may be a sentence that couldn't be extracted and framed, but you would have to hunt for it.

The usual disclaimer about resemblances to actual people and places is attached, but is even less credible than usual. A little online research reveals that the college is Sarah Lawrence, and the villain -- or so it is asserted -- is the novelist Mary McCarthy.
1 vote sonofcarc | Feb 24, 2013 |
Continuously, and sometimes excruciatingly caustic and funny at the expense of expensive American girls' colleges and their staff. Almost every page has a memorable quote - of the President, an ex-Olympic diver, "He expressed grief in its instant, or powdered form"; of the house in which the Rosenbaum's lived "It was the child Cecil B. de Mille's idea of The House that Saladin Built" - I could go on for almost ever. It is Jarrell having fun and revelling in what he did best, and it shows. ( )
1 vote gibbon | Nov 30, 2005 |
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On the jacket of Randall Jarrell's first novel, "Pictures From an Institution," are printed no less than eleven extravagant tributes from other literary intellectuals of varying degrees of fame. Such a bombardment of advance praise makes wonderfully eloquent advertising copy. It may even awe timid readers into such humility that they won't dare admit to a dissenting opinion. On the other hand, it might antagonize them into surly skepticism. Can any novel be that good? No, no novel can and Mr. Jarrell's isn't. In fact, it isn't really a novel at all. "Pictures From an Institution" doesn't need to be a novel for the sufficient reason that it is one of the wittiest books of modern times.
adicionado por TheoClarke | editarNew York Times, Orville Prescott (May 5, 1954)
 

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Half the campus was designed by Bottom the Weaver, half by Ludwig Mies van der Rorhe; Benton had been endowed with one to begin with, and had smiled and sweated and spoken for the other.
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Beneath the unassuming surface of a progressive women's college lurks a world of intellectual pride and pomposity awaiting devastation by the pens of two brilliant and appalling wits. Randall Jarrell's classic novel was originally published to overwhelming critical acclaim in 1954, forging a new standard for campus satire--and instantly yielding comparisons to Dorothy Parker's razor-sharp barbs. Like his fictional nemesis, Jarrell cuts through the earnest conversations at Benton College--mischievously, but with mischief nowhere more wicked than when crusading against the vitriolic heroine herself.  "A most literate account of a group of most literate people by a writer of power. . . . A delight of true understanding."--Wallace Stevens "I'm greatly impressed by the real fun, the incisive satire, the closeness of observation, and in the end by a kind of sympathy and human warmth. It's a remarkable book."--Robert Penn Warren "Move over Dorothy Parker. Pictures . . . is less a novel than a series of poisonous portraits, set pieces, and endlessly quotable put-downs. Read it less for plot than sharp satire, Jarrell's forte."--Mary Welp "One of the wittiest books of modern times."--New York Times "[T]he father of the modern campus novel, and the wittiest of them all. Extraordinary to think that 'political correctness' was so deliciously dissected 50 years ago."--Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph "A sustained exhibition of wit in the great tradition. . . . Immensely and very devastatingly shrewd."--Edmund Fuller, Saturday Review "[A] work of fiction, and a dizzying and brilliant work of social and literary criticism. Not only 'a unique and serious joke-book,' as Lowell called it, but also a meditation made up of epigrams."--Michael Wood

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