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William Gaddis
0140187073
May 1993
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Agape Agape
William Gaddis
0641664877

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"William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a whole new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas." "For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told via a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. This "man in the bed" lies dying, thinking anxiously about the book he still plans to write, grumbling about the deterioration of civilization and trying to explain his obsession to the world before he passes away or goes mad." Agape Agape continues Gaddis's career-long reflection...


The Recognitions
William Gaddis
0140187081
May 1993
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Good Faith
Jane Smiley
0641570805

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Surprise, Security, and the American Experience
John Lewis Gaddis
0674018362
October 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The post–September 11 strategy of the Bush administration is often described as a radical departure from U.S. policy. Gaddis, one of America's leading scholars of foreign policy and international relations, provocatively demonstrates that, to the contrary, the principles of preemption, unilateralism and hegemony go back to the earliest days of the republic. Gaddis resurrects the 18th-century idea of an "empire of liberty": whether as a universal principle or in an American context, liberty could flourish only in an empire that provided safety. The British burning of Washington in 1814 highlighted American vulnerability to certain forms of surprise attack. In consequence, Gaddis recounts, John Quincy Adams developed a strategy of seeking control over the North American continent with minimal coercion, but...


Carpenter's Gothic
William Gaddis
0141182229
Mar 1999
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This story of raging comedy and despair centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a Vietnam veteran. From their "carpenter gothic" rented house, Paul sets himself up as a media consultant for Reverend Ude, an evangelist mounting a grand crusade that conveniently suits a mining combine bidding to take over an ore strike on the site of Ude's African mission. At the still center of the breakneck action--revealed in Gaddis's inimitable virtuoso dialoge--is Paul's wife, Liz, and over it all looms the shadowy figure of McCandless, a geologist from whom Paul and Liz rent their house. As Paul mishandles the situation, his wife takes the geologist to her bed and a fire and aborted assassination occur; Ude issues a call to arms as harrowing as any Jeremiad--and Armageddon comes rapidly closer. Displaying Gaddis's...


The Rush for Second Place
William Gaddis
0142002380
Oct 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Author of the deeply satirical novel JR (which features an 11-year-old capitalist who trumps up his Army surplus company in a manner that seems eerily prescient today) and of The Recognitions, Gaddis (1922-1998) was a fact-checker at the New Yorker and a corporate speech-writer before coming to prominence, but published very little essay-based work. Editor Joseph Tabbi here collects 29 short and occasional pieces, some left in manuscript at the time of Gaddis's death, others admiring encomiums to Saul Bellow or Julian Schnabel, all of which, as he notes, "create a sense of the environment in which Gaddis worked."Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Criticism is integral to William Gaddis' (1922-98) referential fiction, and he also wrote tonic...


Hints and Guesses: William Gaddis's Fiction of Longing
Christopher J. Knight
0299153002
December 1997
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Steven Moore, author of William Gaddis
"A standard study and an indispensable introduction, of great use both to experts in the field as well as those studying Gaddis for the first time."-Steven Moore, author of William Gaddis

Patrick O'Donnell, author of Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative and editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies
"This is impressive work on one of the four or five major contemporary novelists and on the cultural conditions under which he writes, and it will attract many readers interested in contemporary American literature and culture."-Patrick O'Donnell, author of Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative and editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies

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Agape Agape
William Gaddis
0142437638
Sept 2003
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Book Review
William Gaddis's final work, Agape Agape, is an effective distillation of his philosophy and a powerful personal statement regarding the state of modern culture. The book is written in the form of a disjointed, stream-of-consciousness monologue delivered by a dying elderly man, himself attempting to complete his final work, a social history of the player piano in America. Desperate to complete his work before the onset of madness or death and fighting the effects of medication, the frantic narrator offers a meandering discussion of his work, which explores technology's artistically stifling influence. The narrator has isolated a particularly profound example of this in the player piano, an artistic invention that alternately replaced the artist. Technology, the narrator argues, has heightened the value of passivity,...


Frolic of His Own
William Gaddis
0684800527
Feb 1995
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Book Review
Perhaps William Gaddis' most accessible novel--though a dense and imposing book--A Frolic of His Own is a masterful work that mocks the folly of a litigious society. The story centers around Oscar Crease, the grandson of a Confederate soldier who avoided a deadly battle by invoking a legal clause that allowed him to hire a substitute and who later became a Supreme Court judge. Oscar writes a play about his grandfather that goes unproduced yet appears as the story behind a big-budget Hollywood film. Oscar sues and is tossed into the vortex of litigation. Meanwhile, almost 20 other lawsuits of varying frivolity swirl about, adding to this satirical and philosophical treat, which won the National Book Award for 1994.

From Publishers Weekly
The author of Carpenter's Gothic (and...


Hints and Guesses: William Gaddis's Fiction of Longing
Christopher J. Knight
0299153045
February 1997
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Steven Moore, author of William Gaddis
"A standard study and an indispensable introduction, of great use both to experts in the field as well as those studying Gaddis for the first time."-Steven Moore, author of William Gaddis

Patrick O'Donnell, author of Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative and editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies
"This is impressive work on one of the four or five major contemporary novelists and on the cultural conditions under which he writes, and it will attract many readers interested in contemporary American literature and culture."-Patrick O'Donnell, author of Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative and editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies

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William Gaddis (MCV)
Aaron Tillman
0791076644
Jan 2004
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Book Description
This title, William Gaddis, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of William Gaddis through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on William Gaddis, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.


Temple of Texts
William H. Gass
0307262863
February 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Gass loves words. His prose is extravagant, lush, sometimes overly florid (as when he talks of Flann O'Brien's death on "the first Fools' Day of April, 1966"), and in this new collection, his words have a tendency to get in the way of his subject matter. Which is a shame, because Gass, a novelist and award-winning critic, writes about books and authors often ignored by mainstream readers: Rabelais, Robert Burton, Elias Canetti. Then again, Gass doesn't write for the mainstream. He is the strangest of academic amalgams: a self-professed lover of the avant-garde as represented by Gertrude Stein, Flann O'Brien and Robert Coover, while at the same time he extols the virtues of what he calls "the classics." His definition of classic is, to be sure, expansive, but he applies an old-fashioned standard to all literature,...


The Ethics of Indeterminacy in the Novels of William Gaddis
Gregory Comnes
0813012511
Feb 1994
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The Recognitions
William Gaddis
0844667404
Jan 1994
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