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The Letters of William Gaddis Desiccating to see the man behind the work itself Do the letters contravene Gaddis old saw that one is to read the works themselves and look to the author to go following his work explaining what he meant I don t think so Meaning doesn t really have a part in the letters Doctoral students would ask him about certain parts and the sources for his books, and Gaddis explains them much less so with the sources he was too lazy go back and check, seeing the students as not worth the time, and Desiccating to see the man behind the work itself Do the letters contravene Gaddis old saw that one is to read the works themselves and look to the author to go following his work explaining what he meant I don t think so Meaning doesn t really have a part in the letters Doctoral students would ask him about certain parts and the sources for his books, and Gaddis explains them much less so with the sources he was too lazy go back and check, seeing the students as not worth the time, and surely they weren t But the explanations, seldom given by Gaddis, don t give away meaning, and the letters never touch meaning, what I guess could be seen As a long time fan of William Gaddis 1922 1998 , I was eager to read these letters, and they don t disappoint.Gaddis wrote two influential and important comic novels I mean, hilarious , The Recognitions 1955 and J R 1975 , that are also muchthan comic They are humane, inventive, they embrace high, low and middle sorts of humour, they are dynamos of energy, and they put in the shade many other novels, then and now Gaddis also wrote the novels Carpenter s Gothic 1985 and a Fr As a long time fan of William Gaddis 1922 1998 , I was eager to read these letters, and they don t disappoint.Gaddis wrote two influential and important comic novels I mean, hilarious , The Recognitions 1955 and J R 1975 , t Now Recognized As One Of The Giants Of Postwar American Fiction, William Gaddis 1922 98 Shunned The Spotlight During His Life, Which Makes This Collection Of His Letters A Revelation Beginning In 1930 When Gaddis Was At Boarding School And Ending In September 1998, A Few Months Before His Death, These Letters Function As A Kind Of Autobiography, And Are All The Valuable Because Gaddis Was Not An Autobiographical Writer Here We See Him Forging His First Novel The Recognitions 1955 While Living In Mexico, Fighting In A Revolution In Costa Rica, And Working In Spain, France, And North Africa Over The Next Twenty Years He Struggles To Find Time To Write The National Book Award Winning J R 1975 Amid The Complications Of Work And Family Deals With Divorce And Disillusionment Before Reviving His Career With Carpenter S Gothic 1985 Then Teaches Himself Enough About The Law To Indite A Frolic Of His Own 1994 , Which Earned Him Another NBA Returning To A Topic He First Wrote About In The 1940s, He Finishes His Last Novel Agape Agape As He Lay Dying. 40 20 30 40 20 30 , , , , 80 ,, Most of the letters here felt quite unimportant and trivial However, Gaddis s warm, unpretentious personality bled through the pages, and it raised my estimation of THE RECOGNITIONS I was afraid, while reading that 956 page monster, that Gaddis was a rather bitter unlikeable fellow, but these letters showed that the bitter, world weary tone of THE RECOGNITIONS was entirely controlled, the man himself was witty, interesting, and humorous.It was interesting to read his correspondence with Don De Most of the letters here felt quite unimportant and trivial However, Gaddis s warm, unpretentious personality bled through the pages, and it raised my estimation of THE RECOGNITIONS I was afraid, while reading that 956 page monster, that Gaddis was a rather bitter un William Gaddis, acclaimed author of The Recognitions and J R often wrote letters in the same obscure, circuitous, challenging prose style of his novels, especially so in his later years They re marked by a curtness and by run on sentences which side step grammar and punctuation With the exception of the loving letters to his daughter, Sarah, they re not at all conversational and to me displayed little warmth This includes letters to those he considered friends or those in the publishing bus William Gaddis, acclaimed author of The Recognitions and J R often wrote letters in the same obscure, circuitous, challenging prose style of his novels, especially so in his later years They re marked by a curtness and by run on sentences which side step grammar and punctuation With the exception of the loving letters to his daughter, Sarah, they re not at all conversational and to me displayed little warmth This includes letters to those he considered friends or those in the publishing business to whom he needed to be polite This doesn t mean he didn t intend warmth or politeness, only that the letters carry the same choppy style of the n Actually currently dipping and diving throughout, but this is a first rate treatment and editing job of WG s letters by WG expert Steve Moore see his guide to The Recognitions truly indispensable.I m reading this mainly to see how WG handled the dark time he went through after his brilliant novel The Recognitions was savaged by the ignorati of his day, a bunch of Christ killers who didn t even read the book before reviewing it see Jack Green s Fire the Bastards The result WG had a hell o Actually currently dipping and diving throughout, but this is a first rate treatment and editing job of WG s letters by WG expert Steve Moore see his guide to The Recognitions truly indispensable.I m reading this mainly to see how WG handled the dark time he went through after his brilliant novel The Recognitions was savaged by the ignorati of his day, a bunch of Christ killers who didn t even read the book before reviewing it see Jack Green s Fire the Bastards The result WG had a hell of a time getting R released in paperback, or in the UK, or translated into French It should ve been a bestseller and immediately lauded as the masterpiece that it is WG was thus forced into 9 to 5 corporate writing servitude which I ID with big time to I m a fan of Gaddis but this book is just absurd, there is zero reason to include 300,000 words of Gaddis s letters when most of them particularly near the beginning do not include anything of interest to his life or thought The first 300 pages include probably 80 pages of Gaddis asking his mother for money via Western Union Moore claims in the introduction that he has included only about 20% of Gaddis s letters in this volume, but maybe he should have aimed for like 8% It is certainly inte I m a fan of Gaddis but this book is just absurd, there is zero reason to include 300,000 w Face facts, folks I m not likely to get a review done of this Seriously, this is a goes without saying kind of book for readers of Gaddis s novels, and you ALL are that kind of readers so you ll find yourselves one day reading through this rather quite engaging collection of Letters which reads much like a Gaddis scribed epistolary novel.So, here s The Letters of William Gaddis, reviewed by Michael Dirda, 01 May 2013, Washington Post thoughts t Face facts, folks I m not likely to get a review done of this Seriously, this is a goes without saying kind of book for readers of Gaddis s novels, I have to say a couple of things before getting serious here First, although it might not be entirely accurate, I still say Gaddis when someone asks me who my favorite author is and I still say The Recognitions when they ask about my favorite novel Of course I need to re read his stuff in order to check if this is true Second, if you re editing someone s letters, I would caution you not to say in your introduction, things like it can be assumed all irregularities are in the originals , bold I have to say a couple of things before getting serious here First, although it might not be entirely accurate, I still say Gaddis when someone asks me who my favorite author is and I still say The Recognitions when they ask about my favorite novel Of course I need to re read his stuff in order to check if this is true Second, if you re editing someone s letters, I would caution you not to say in your introduction, things like it can be assumed all irregularities are in the originals , bold facing all originals, and to clarify why you re bold facing these words to catch the eye of readers and reviewers and preempt complaints that this book was poorly proofread If you absolutely insist on such a hubris

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