Incorporating Criticism

An interesting essay here by novelist Charles Finch, who reflects on the way James Wood influenced his latest novel. Wood is, of course, one of the most prominent literary critics working today. People love him, and people hate him, but there’s no doubt his criticism has shaped the way we think about literature. Finch explains how he couldn’t shake the feeling that James Wood wouldn’t like his newest novel…and how that feeling caused him to assiduously rework it.