Warriors B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | May 5, 2015

    Leonard Mlodinow: IMG The Fragility of Grand Discoveries

    When I was in graduate school at Berkeley I was offered a prestigious fellowship to study for a year in Germany, but I decided it would be a... Continue »
    1. $19.57 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z
1 Hawthorne Literature- A to Z
25 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z
25 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

The Recognitions (American Literature)


The Recognitions (American Literature) Cover

ISBN13: 9781564786913
ISBN10: 1564786919
All Product Details


What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

August Preston, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by August Preston)
This would be the book I'd take with me to a deserted island..."I'd happily read this novel over and over. Simply one of the most beautifully complex books I have ever read.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Rachel King, September 3, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel King)
This challenging and rewarding masterpiece follows the lives of three artists: Wyatt, Otto, and Stanley; a painter, a writer, and a musician, respectively. Although Wyatt is the primary character, the book ends on a statement regarding Stanley's work: "... it is still spoken of, when it is noted, with high regard, though seldom played." (A statement an earlier reviewer rightly applies to this book.) If you are an artist who enjoys expansive novels or a non-artist who has studied art and enjoys expansive novels, you will like this book. The allusions can be overly erudite, but, most of the time, they seem intended to illuminate the characters or the themes, not to show off Gaddis’s knowledge. The main theme is authenticity: how do you know what is authentic, is it possible to create something authentic or to have authentic relationships? Instead of coming at this theme and others primarily through language or structural techniques, like some moderns and postmoderns, Gaddis comes at it through the lives of his characters. In many places it’s just good storytelling, at once funny and heartbreaking and disturbing. And besides creating masterful, interweaving plots and varied, interesting characters, Gaddis consistently writes beautiful and insightful sentences on every page for almost 1000 pages. A few of the more poetic: “The great misfortune of the sun, it has no history.” “It’s only the living it through that redeems it.” “Change a line without touching it.” “The sky, it has been noted, is a safe distance away.” “Everything moves, and even falling, soars in atonement.” “Every work of art is a work of perfect necessity.” “Everyone today is conscious of being looked at by someone else but not by God.” “I wonder, when I step out of doors, how the past can tolerate us.” I am afraid of stating more specific scenes, plots, characters, etc., because I may leave something important out. I understand why this novel wasn’t and isn’t a mainstream hit, but more literature lovers should read it.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
HumphreyKing, May 3, 2012 (view all comments by HumphreyKing)
It is still spoken of, when it is noted, with high regard, though seldom read.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 3 comments

Product Details

Gaddis, William
Dalkey Archive Press
Gass, William H.
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Street of Crocodiles and Other...
    Used Trade Paper $9.00
  2. Citizen Used Hardcover $7.00
  3. Fire the Bastards! (American Literature) Used Trade Paper $8.95
  4. Involuntary Lyrics New Trade Paper $14.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Recognitions (American Literature) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.95 In Stock
Product details 976 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564786913 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by William H. Gass.
"Synopsis" by , The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the “ur-text of postwar fiction” and the “first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn’t read it while composing Catch-22 and V., managed to anticipate the spirit of both”—The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake. Gaddis anticipates by almost half a century the crisis of reality that we currently face, where the real and the virtual are combining in alarming ways, and the sources of legitimacy and power are often obscure to us.
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.