The Little Book by Selden Edwards

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Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards' dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden-banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero-one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

Edwards, author of The Lost Prince, brilliantly weaves romance, art, history, and culture in this unforgettable and dazzling debut novel. 

 

About Selden Edwards

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SELDEN EDWARDS, a former English teacher and headmaster of several private schools, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Little Book. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published August 14, 2008 by Plume. 416 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here he encounters his war-hero father, the late Dilly Burden, who attended the same prep school and had the same beloved teacher as Wheeler.

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The Guardian

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The Little Book by Selden Edwards Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Over 30 years in the writing, Selden Edwards's unconventional fami...

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The young man drew Wheeler's attention immediately, first because of his offensive manner and only secondarily because he was a fitter, more compact, and younger version of himself, almost exactly Wheeler's size and build.Oblivious to Wheeler's attention, focused singularly on the unloading of hi...

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Book Reporter

The two, Wheeler and Dilly Burden, agree not to interfere in history (as Dilly has time traveled to Vienna as well), but Wheeler falls in love with the beautiful Bostonian writer Eleanor Putnam.

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Entertainment Weekly

In 1988, the implausibly talented writer/music legend Wheeler Burden suddenly and mysteriously travels back in time to late-19th-century Vienna.

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USA Today

As Burden's mother warns, "It is a complicated story, full of extraordi- nary characters and wild improbabilities."It will be best appreciated by readers able to overlook those improbabilities and enjoy an intellectual fantasy seasoned with lessons in European history, Freudian psychology and Gre...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Burden, however, is so effortlessly talented in so many directions - from providing a Wittgenstein figure at the Café Central with the idea for a philosophy paper to leaving the mound one pitch shy of a no-hitter during a Harvard-Yale game - that the challenges Edwards sets in his path begin to l...

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SF Site

The story is told primarily from the points of view of Wheeler Burden and of one Weezie Putnam, a nineteenth-century Bostonian visiting Vienna, whose true relationship to Wheeler the reader understands before he ever figures it out.

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Monsters and Critics

Wheeler Burden—banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend’s son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero—one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897.

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