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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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New Directions Paperbook #1130: Mickelsson's Ghosts

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The final novel by John Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity.

Synopsis:

The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements.

About the Author

John Gardner (1933-1982) was a popular and controversial author. He wrote several best-selling novels, including Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues, Nickel Mountain, and October Light (which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976). Gardner was also a prominent essayist and penned both The Art of Fiction, a text now standard in university writing classes, and On Moral Fiction, a book so scandalous it almost destroyed his career.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811216791
Author:
Gardner, John
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Photographer:
Gardner, Joel
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions Paperbook
Series Volume:
1130
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
610
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 1.5 in 1.285 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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