The Tale Maker by Mark Harris
A Novel

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A wittily ironic look at the academic world concerns the fortunes of Rimrose, a disaster-prone yet brilliant would-be author, and his enemy, the lamentable voyeur Kakapick, who always beats Rimrose in the bureaucratic rat race of The University. National ad/promo.

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Mark Harris is a professor of English at Arizona State University.
Published June 13, 1994 by Dutton Adult. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A plot that carries no spare parts and a ``gentle reader'' style of address combine with Dickensian characters to give the feel of a classic to Harris's (Bang the Drum Slowly, 1956, etc.) small tale of a short story writer's struggle with an adversarial critic.

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Years pass, and while artist Rimrose achieves fame but no fortune, critic Kakapick rises to academic celebrity, chairing the English Department at their alma mater and offering Rimrose a post.

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