Agape Agape (Penguin Classics) by William Gaddis

By William Gaddis

William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, sizeable and intricate books that helped inaugurate a brand new move in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a refined, targeted end result of his artwork and ideas. For greater than fifty years Gaddis amassed notes for a booklet in regards to the mechanization of the humanities, informed in terms of a social historical past of the participant piano in the United States. within the years ahead of his loss of life in 1998, he distilled the entire mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by means of an aged guy with a terminal sickness. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these points of company technological tradition which are uniquely damaging of the humanities, Agape Agape is a gorgeous fulfillment from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.

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Eliot shared Pound’s enthusiasm for such material metaphors, as well as his desire to cleanse literature of the taint of amateurism. He blamed an inherent “dislike of the specialist” (“Professional” 60-1) for the mediocrity of much British writing, and, like Pound, used the occasion of a review of Joyce to set out some guiding principles for the future of literature. The deployment of the Homeric parallel in Ulysses had, he said, “the importance of a scientific discovery”, and set a course that subsequent writers “must pursue”, not as imitators but as the “scientist who uses the discoveries of an Einstein in pursuing his own, independent, further investigations” (“Ulysses” 483).

And it was a relationship, as we shall see, that had continued to be debated throughout the Edwardian years in venues quite remote from those favoured by modernism. Readers and Writers The interest that the Bookman contributors showed in the competence of various readerships remained a central consideration in the many critical studies and “how to” guide books that proliferated on both sides of the Atlantic in the two decades following the 1890s. Among the more prominent commentators of the period were Henry Seidel Canby, whose book The Short Story (1902) developed ideas first set out in an article in The Dial, and Barry Pain, himself an accomplished writer of stories whose thoughts about the form culminated in a book-length study, also titled The Short Story (1916).

M. Hardt and K. Weeks. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. Print. King, Ross. “Reification”. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms. Ed. Irena R. Makaryk. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1993. 619-20. Print. Korte, Barbara. The Short Story in Britain: A Historical Survey and Anthology. Tübingen: A. Francke, 2003. Print. Lash, Scott. Sociology of Postmodernism. London: Routledge, 1990. Print. Levenson, Michael H. A Genealogy of Modernism: A Study of English Literary Doctrine 1908-1922.

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