Letters Of William Gaddis

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The Letters of William Gaddis by Gaddis, William Edition: First Edition, First Printing Book Condition: Fine in original light gray cloth and fine pictorial dust jacket. Book Description: Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2013. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Nice and fine in original light gray cloth…

Letters Of William Gaddis

Letters Of William Gaddis

Dalkey Archive Press, 2013-03-14. Hardcover. good 1.9685 in x 9.0551 in x 6.2992 in. The book has a slight smell, but it is like new.

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2013. 9781564788047. 1st Edn. 8vo. Light gray cloth (fine) with original silver lettering, dust wrapper (VG in protective cover, price not clipped). p. 545, illus with b&w photos (no inscriptions).

Dalkey Archive Press, 2013-03-14. First edition. Hardcover. very nice 2013 Dalkey Archive Press Hardcover – 1st Edition Told – minor staining to dust jacket (now in mylar cover) otherwise nice clean like new collectible like new dust jacket – enjoy

We use cookies to remember your preferences such as preferred country and currency, to save items placed in your shopping cart, to track referral website visits from our advertising partners and to analyze our website traffic. Manage your privacy settings. William Gaddis (1922-1998) was one of the first American postmodern writers, and he corresponded with many other experimentalists and friends, such as William Gass and Robert Coover, according to the new Letters of William Gaddis from Dalkey Archive Press. Here, he writes an enthusiastic letter to fellow master Don DeLillo, praising his novel Libra (but more than White Noise)—a sort of passing of the torch.

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Profile to “expand the possibilities of the novel by taking enormous risks and making great demands on the reader.” DeLillo will later attend Gaddis’ memorial service and give a brief tribute to the portfolio

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Why in the world am I waiting until your Libra gets the nihilistic odds from Christopher Lemondrop* to send you a note? It appeared in a galley in New York 2 or 3 months ago when things were dire (health) about the time I saw you, I noticed it and should have written it without waiting to read it because my response was immediate. A tremendous job. I don’t know all of your work, and any writer wouldn’t hesitate to say so when comparing one of his works to another, but in this case I have to say it felt beyond white noise. Obviously, if we take our work seriously, we don’t try to clone a novel to its predecessor, so comparisons are really distasteful, and equally frankly, the style of this new book’s constantly disintegrating and re-disintegrating and disintegrating appeals to me more than linear narrative, when it’s always 9 a.m. If you see what I mean at 9:00 am and 3:30 pm; But the hardcover got here a few weeks ago and I read it and it confirmed all my previous impressions, its marriage of style and content-just what I need for ‘students’ in those tough days-is great. Illustrated here I think, and especially that it finally comes together as we know it must, to speak of a ‘nonfiction’ novel, if we must, without the concept of why we must, embrace the American writer’s historical obsession with explaining the facts. (“Tells me more about whales than I really want to know”** from Dreiser Tapemeasuring*** to Clyde Sale in Sing Sing or Jack London’s “Give me the facts, man, the unchanging facts!”****) And in this impressive work you Again it will be surprising to see what has been marshalled. We’ll be out of the country for August but hope to see you in town in the fall, high marks in the meantime.

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*Christopher Lehmann-Haupt’s approving review of DeLillo’s ninth novel appeared in the July 18, 1988 issue of The New York Times.

**Obviously a response to Moby-Dick (1851), but source unknown. Gaddis notes Melville’s poor critical reception in A Frolic of His Own (p. 39) and Agape Agape (p. 55).

Letters Of William Gaddis

***Near the completion of An American Tragedy (1925), Dreiser visited Sing Sing Prison where Chester Gillette, a factory worker accused of murdering a young woman and the Clyde Griffiths of his novel, were interred.

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From The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore. © 2013 by the Estate of William Gaddis and Steven Moore. Reprinted by permission of Dalkey Archive Press.

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