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Publisher Comments:

"It's lucky for us all that you're holding Koch's collected fiction in your hands right now. Koch's seasons on our earth were blessed ones and these traces, some of them among his last, are gifts."-Jonathan Lethem

Hilarious and profoundly moving, this volume restores to print all the fiction of the writer John Ashbery called "simply the best we have."Koch, who once characterized New York School writing as about "the fullness and richness of possibility and excitement and happiness,"imbues his prose with humor, wit, and a beautifully tender exuberance. The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Kochis a must-read for anyone interested in discovering what American literature might still hope to be.

Published simultaneously with The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch(Knopf), Collected Fictionincludes Koch's innocent and rambunctious novel The Red Robins, as well as Hotel Lambosa, his book of semi-autobiographical short pieces inspired equally by Hemingway's Nick Adams stories and Yasunari Kawabata's Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. Fans of Koch's unparalleled gift for comic invention will turn immediately to "The New Orleans Stories,"a cycle about the family of a small-time criminal, published here for the first time along with "The Soviet Room,"a gentle story of requited love at the end of the Cold War. Koch's previously uncollected work includes a warm-hearted parody of a children's adventure narrative and a story detailing the mysteries uncovered by an obsessive postcard detective. Together, the work of Kenneth Koch opens up a wonderful world-one where the pursuit of happiness is taken very seriously indeed.

Kenneth Kochwas born in Cincinnati and served in the South Pacific during World War II. A poet, playwright, novelist, and Columbia University professor, Koch also published several books about teaching and reading poetry, including the groundbreaking Wishes, Lies, and Dreams; Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry. He was the recipient of the Bollingen Prize and the Bobbitt Library of Congress Prize, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award.

About the Author

A poet, playwright, and novelist, Koch also published several books about poetry, including Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?. Soft Skull posthumously published The Art of the Possible, Comics Mainly without Pictures in 2004. A professor at Columbia, he won the Bobbitt Library of Congress Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566891806
Introduction:
Davis, Jordan
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Introduction:
Davis, Jordan
Author:
Koch, Kenneth
Author:
Davis, Jordan
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20051001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
394
Dimensions:
0.00 x 0.00 in

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