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John Williams (1922-1994) was born and raised in northeast Texas. He published two volumes of poetry and two other novels, Butcher's Crossing and Stoner. In the past year, Stoner has become an international best seller. Both novels are available from NYRB Classics.

 

Daniel Mendelsohn is a translator, critic, memoirist, and classicist. He is the author of the international best seller, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, and his essay collection Waiting for the Barbarians (NYRB) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Art of the Essay Award. He teaches at Bard College.

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WINNER OF THE 1973 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

By the Author of Stoner

In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took  on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master. 

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lukas, August 28, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
This novel couldn't be much different than John Williams's (not the composer) other major novel, "Stoner," which is a nuanced, insightful, quietly heartbreaking story of an English professor. "Augustus" is an historical novel about Octavius, the nephew of Julius Caesar, who took power after he died, and as Augustus ruled as the first Emperor. Told entirely in letters, journals, and documents, this does presuppose some familiarity with the history of the period, although if you saw HBO's "Rome," you'll have a pretty good idea. Well-known figures like Marc Anthony, Brutus, Cleopatra, Ovid, Virgil, Cicero, and Tiberius are all characters. Clearly taking a cue from Rupert Graves's great "Claudius" books, Williams doesn't try to write in an archaic way, but rather makes the character and the politics resonant and relevant. Winner of the National Book Award, this novel and Williams's other three are ripe for rediscovery. For a more historical look at the period, read Julius Caesar's books, Tacitus, and Suetonius.
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ISBN:
9781590178218
Author:
Williams, John
Publisher:
NYRB Classics
Author:
Mendelsohn, Daniel
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;historical fiction;rome;historical;novel;ancient rome;augustus;history;national book award;italy;biography;roman empire;epistolary;american
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140819
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.26 x 0.75 in 0.78 lb

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"Synopsis" by , WINNER OF THE 1973 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

By the Author of Stoner

In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took  on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master. 

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