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Bad Man Blues: A Portable George Garrett

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Publisher Comments:

A new collection of stories, anecdotes, and personal essays, with a few poemsadded for good measure, by the writer whose first collection of short fictionwas published to high praise some 40 years ago.

Review:

"George Garrett is the most proficient quick change artist in American letters, our greatest impressionist and our most gifted ventriloquist. By turns wise-ass and wistful, romantic and hilarious, in his new collection of stories and essays, Bad Man Blues, Mr. Garrett's voice turns up, among other places, in the mouth of( a tabloid reporter, a 'yuppie lawyer,' and the lovelorn secretary of the Earl of Monmouth, each successive story, as pitch-perfect as the last. 'Genius Baby' finds John Towne, the protagonist of Garrett's earlier novel Poison Pen fleeing the scene of his crimes 'with various angry fathers in hot pursuit yelling 'Stop, Thief!' Because ...there wasn't any other sensible cry to utter under the circumstances.' These stories, like the cry of the angry fathers, are the last word on their particular subjects. Perhaps even more impressive, however, are the essays in which Garrett removes his various disguises and speaks in his own voice of his childhood in Florida, of his misadventures in academia, of boxing and Joe Louis, of writing, and, in a gorgeous piece entitled 'Heroes,' of his father, 'an American radical, part populist, part prophet and mostly a rare example of what, in our buttoned-up era ... I would have to call a Neanderthal Democrat.' In Bad Man Blues, we find all of George Garrett's celebrated voices, humorist, romantic and realist alike, and it would be a pleasure to think that he has dropped his guard long enough to give his readers a glimpse of the real George Garrett as well, but, even as you turn the pages of this new volume, you will sense him doing his duck and weave, shuffling and bobbing, drifting dangerously close to a corner and punching his way out again." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870744396
Introduction:
Wier, Allen
Foreword:
Bausch, Richard
Introduction:
Wier, Allen
Foreword by:
Richard Bausch
Foreword:
Richard Bausch
Author:
Garrett, George
Author:
Wier, Allen
Author:
Garrett, George P.
Author:
Bausch, Richard
Publisher:
Southern Methodist University Press
Location:
Dallas, Tex. :
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Collected works (single author, multi-form)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.3 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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