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Frolic of His Own
By William Gaddis

A Frolic of His Own

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Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis

Book Awards

  • Winner of United States National Book Awards: Fiction 1994.

Book Description

With the publication of the "Recognitions" in 1955, William Gaddis was hailed as the American heir to James Joyce. His two subsequent novels, "J R" (winner of the National Book Award) and "Carpenter's Gothic," have secured his position among America's foremost contemporary writers. Now "A Frolic of His Own," his long-anticipated fourth novel, adds more luster to his reputation, as he takes on life in our litigious times. "Justice? - You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law." So begins this mercilessly funny, devastatingly accurate tale of lives caught up in the toils of the law. Oscar Crease, middle-aged college instructor, savant, and playwright, is suing a Hollywood producer for pirating his play Once at Antietam, based on his grandfather's experiences in the Civil War, and turning it into a gory blockbuster called The Blood in the Red White and Blue. Oscar's suit, and a host of others - which involve a dog trapped in an outdoor sculpture, wrongful death during a river baptism, a church versus a soft drink company, and even Oscar himself after he is run over by his own car - engulf all who surround him, from his freewheeling girlfriend to his well-to-do stepsister and her ill-fated husband (a partner in the white-shoe firm of Swyne & Dour), to his draconian, nonagenarian father, Federal Judge Thomas Crease, who has just wielded the long arm of the law to expel God (and Satan) from his courtroom. And down the tortuous path of depositions and decrees, suits and countersuits, the most lofty ideas of our culture - questions about the value of art, literature, and originality - will be wrung dry in the meticulous, often surreal logic and language of the law,leaving no party unscathed. Gaddis has created a whirlwind of a novel, which brilliantly reproduces the Tower of Babel in which we conduct our lives. In "A Frolic of His Own" we hear voices as they speak at and around one another: lawyers, family members, judges, rogues, hucksters, and desperate

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684800523
ISBN-10: 0684800527
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 29mm)
Pages: 516
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Letters of William Gaddis by William Gaddis Letters of William Gaddis, Hardback (April 2013)

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.

JR by William Gaddis JR, Paperback (February 2012)

A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody.

Carpenter's Gothic by William Gaddis Carpenter's Gothic, Paperback (November 2003)

'With marvellous stylistic precision and a sharp sartirical bite, this fine and tightly made book shows again that Gaddis is among the first rank of contemporary American writers.' Malcolm Bradbury

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