The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings

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William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America's greatest novelists. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical writings. Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time They include: 'Stop Player. Joke No. 4', Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano; the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years; and 'Old Foes with New Faces', an examination of the relationship between the writer and the problem of religion. This diverse collection displays the power of an autonomous literary intelligence in an age increasingly dominated by political and religious conservatism.

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"'If you love great American fiction... the forthcoming Gaddis re-releases are a must.' The List; 'Nobody has written noisier books than William Gaddis. When he died in 1998, he left behind four books bursting with human babbie. Often uproariously funny, they capture with sizzling precision... subtie, expansive, intricate, caustically entertaining and resounding with perfectly caught give-away tones and idioms.' Sunday Times"

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William Gaddis (1922-98) was one of the greatest writers in twentieth-century America. He wrote five novels and won two National Book Awards, for JR (1976) and for A Frolic of His Own (1995). Of his six landmark works, The Recognitions (1955), JR (1975) Carpenter's Gothic (1985) are also available from Atlantic Books.

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