The Rush for Second Place by William Gaddis audiobook

The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings

By William Gaddis
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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, the heir to Joyce and Nabokov. Less well known is Gaddis's body of perceptive critical writings. Presented here is a wide range of Gaddis's original essays. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4,'" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano—which would ultimately inspire Gaddis's final novel, Agape Agape—to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to "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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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, the heir to Joyce and Nabokov. Less well known is Gaddis's body of perceptive critical writings.

Presented here is a wide range of Gaddis's original essays. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4,'" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano—which would ultimately inspire Gaddis's final novel, Agape Agape—to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to "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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Author Bio: William Gaddis

Author Bio: William Gaddis

William Gaddis (1922–1998) was a master of the American novel who was frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Pynchon. Two of his novels, J R and A Frolic of His Own, won the National Book Award. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of a MacArthur Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 5.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English