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On Moral Fiction


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ISBN13: 9780465052264
ISBN10: 0465052266
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Y2K! The world waits anxiously to see what millennial mischief crops up. But at Basic Books the year 2000 is cause for celebration. Fifty years ago Basic was founded as a home for works by outstanding scholars on topics of wide importance and broad general interest. Over the years our authors have inspired and informed, pleased and provoked generations of readers; indeed, many Basic titles have changed the very culture from which they emerged.<P>To commemorate our fiftieth year, we are proudly reissuing a selection of our most distinguished books from the last half-century. Here, in brand new packages, with new introductions and editorial comments by leading contemporary figures, are ten exemplars of the intellectual vigor that is the hallmark of Basic Books: classic titles by John Bowlby, Sigmund Freud, Josef Breuer, Claude Levi-Strauss, James Q. Wilson, Clifford Geertz, and Michael Walzer. That books like these remain in print is itself a testament to their enduring value. By calling attention to their sustained presence we hope to introduce new readers to landmark works that will continue to roil cultural waters for decades to come.<P>A genuine classic of literary criticism, On Moral Fiction argues that "true art is by its nature moral".


A genuine classic of literary criticism, On Moral Fiction argues that ”true art is by its nature moral.”

About the Author

John Gardner (1933–1982) was a bestselling novelist and one of the most popular and respected writing teachers of his generation. His books On Moral Fiction, The Art of Fiction, and On Becoming a Novelist are consulted by thousands of aspiring writers every year. His novels include the classic Grendel and the bestsellers October Light, The Sunlight Dialogues, and Nickel Mountain.

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Gregorio Roth, January 11, 2011 (view all comments by Gregorio Roth)
This little book is a great defense against crap in fiction. Gardner argues against the postmodern flotsam that is today considered high art. Its high art all right, but it is not morally straight. The book is very helpful to create clarity in the haze that has been created by the ivory towered tenured writer who instead of making art that is clearly understood, makes art that is just confusing or plain gibberish at its best. I would add this book to my collection, because it would serve me well as a reference to my critique of art today. (This book is well served with a side dish of Francis Schaeffer.)
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Gardner, John
Basic Books (AZ)
Gardner, John
History and criticism
Semiotics & Theory
General Fiction
Literary Criticism : General
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