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The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings

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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. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical writings. Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4,'" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano, 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.

Review:

"Sometimes dense, but always discerning: essential for Gaddis fans and those seeking an offbeat critique of American civilization." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Gaddis is particularly rousing in his skewering of the corporate world...and he takes on with equal mettle the Protestant work ethic and its shaping of the military-industrial complex, and the plight of art in a culture of pragmatism." Booklist

About the Author

William Gaddis (1922-1998) was the author of four novels, two of which, 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. "Stop Player. Joke No. 4" (1951)
2. Agape Agape: The Secret History of the Player Piano (early 1960s)
3. Treatment for a Motion Picture on "Software" (early 1960s)
4. Cover Illustrations from the Corporate Writings (A Selection)
The Growth of American Industry (For the National Association of Manufacturers)
Educational Technology Shapes the Future... Are You Ready? (For the Eastman Kodak Company)
Answers to Cancer (For General Motors/Western Electric)
5. In the Zone (1978)
6. The Rush for Second Place (1981)
7. J R Up to Date (1987)
8. An Instinct for the Dangerous Wife
(Review of More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow, 1987)
9. Erewhon and the Contract with America (1995)
10. Old Foes with New Faces (1995)
11. Occasional Writings
This Above All (1990)
J. Danforth Quayle (1992)
On Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts (1994)
12. Speeches
On Receiving the National Book Award for J R (1975)
How Does the State Imagine? The Willing Suspension of Disbelief (1986)
On Receiving the National Book Award for A Frolic of His Own
13. Tributes
Dostoevski (1996)
Mothers (1996)
Julian Schnabel (1998)
Appendix:
Summary Notes on the Work in Progress (early 1960s)
Player Piano Chronology to 1929
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002384
Editor:
Tabbi, Joseph
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Tabbi, Joseph
Author:
Tabbi, Joseph
Author:
Gaddis, William
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
01-06-003
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.75x5.05x.55 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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