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“An unfinished novel is like having a sick guest in the house.”

-William Gaddis


The Recognitions by William Gaddis

“–Reading it? Christ no, what do you think I am? I just been having trouble sleeping, so my analyst told me to get a book and count the letters, so I just went in and asked them for the thickest book in the place and they sold me this damned thing, he muttered looking at the book with intimate dislike.

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William Gaddis and American Satire

George Hunka explores the satiric impulse underlying the work of the twentieth-century writer

That William Gaddis was first and foremost a satirist is suggested by Stephen Moore in his monograph on the novelist. 382 more words

20th Century

William Gaddis' The Recognitions

William Gaddis’ The Recognitions is a stylistically and generically conflicted novel. On one hand it is, as it is billed by Jonathan Franzen in its blurb, the “ur-text of postwar fiction,” initiating the noble tradition of ‘the penis novel’ (here being a synonym for maximalist, encyclopaedic, post-thing) in contemporary American letters, a tradition extended by William Gass, the aforementioned Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Don De Lillo &c. 881 more words

On William Gaddis and Joseph Heller

George Hunka reflects on his reading of Something Happened and Carpenter’s Gothic

At breakfast this morning I mentioned Joseph Heller’s 1975 novel Something Happened to my wife. 490 more words

20th Century