Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things by Gilbert Sorrentino

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Wildly comic and bitterly satiric, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things is Gilbert Sorrentino's ruthless, and timeless, attack on the New York art world of the 1950s and '60s. Among the best of Sorrentino's novels, Imaginative Qualities is also, quite simply, the best American novel ever written about writers and artists.

 

About Gilbert Sorrentino

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Gilbert Sorrentino (1929--2006) is the most influential American novelist of the past forty years, and his work represents American fiction at its best and most daring. He was an editor for the literary magazines Neon and Kulcher, and later at Grove Press in the 1960s. He taught at Stanford University from 1982 to 1999. His novels include The Sky Changes, Steelwork, Aberration of Starlight, Mulligan Stew, and The Abyss of Human Illusion.
 
Published June 1, 1972 by Pantheon Books. 243 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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*The actual qualities of imaginative things like the antinovel are. . . are. . . are. . . oh well type something. . . fictive.

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In this episodic 1971 novel, Sorrentino introduces writers and artists of the 1960s, characters representative of all creatives--the aimless, the successful, the failures and the sell-outs. ``The auth

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