Letters of William Gaddis by William Gaddis
(American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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He never loses his sense of humor, or his sense of proportion. And he keeps working, and creating beautiful sentences, until the end.
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Now recognized as one of the giants of postwar American fiction, William Gaddis (1922-98), author of "The Recognitions" and "J R," shunned the spotlight during his life, which makes this collection of his letters a revelation: an intimate look at one of the great literary minds of the 20th century.

 

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William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R" [1976] and "A Frolic of His Own" [1995]), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.Steven Moore earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He is aSteven Moore earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He is a noted William Gaddis scholar and wrote "William Gaddis", th noted William Gaddis scholar and wrote "William Gaddis", the first comprehensive critical guide to his work, and "A Reae first comprehensive critical guide to his work, and "A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions". Moore hasder's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions". Moore has edited a number of books, including "Beerspit Night and Cur edited a number of books, including "Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinesing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967" and "In Recognition of William Gaddis". He halli 1960-1967" and "In Recognition of William Gaddis". He has also contributed essays, articles, and reviews to a numbers also contributed essays, articles, and reviews to a number of newspapers, journals, and magazines. of newspapers, journals, and magazines.William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R" [1976] and "A Frolic of His Own" [1995]), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.
 
Published March 14, 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press. 545 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by SCOTT BRADFIELD on May 17 2013

He never loses his sense of humor, or his sense of proportion. And he keeps working, and creating beautiful sentences, until the end.

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Reviewed by Robert Potts on Jun 15 2013

The Letters of William Gaddis often fails to be more than a tantalising suggestion of the full biography Gaddis feared...but it is informative about sources and influences for the (highly allusive) novels.

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