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Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers (American Literature)

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-- This collection of vintage Elkin brings together nine tragicomic tales of hard-luck cases and ordinary schmucks steeling themselves against the absurdities of everyday life, all written with Elkin's exuberant wordplay in a perfectly pitched prose.<BR>-- Stanley Elkin, a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and three-time nominee for the National Book Award is widely considered one of the most important writers of the contemporary period. His works include The Franchiser, George Mills, and Mrs. Ted Bliss.<BR>-- First published by Random House ('66), most recent paperback by Thunder's Mouth Press ('90).

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-- This collection of vintage Elkin brings together nine tragicomic tales of hard-luck cases and ordinary schmucks steeling themselves against the absurdities of everyday life, all written with Elkin's exuberant wordplay in a perfectly pitched prose.
-- Stanley Elkin, a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and three-time nominee for the National Book Award is widely considered one of the most important writers of the contemporary period. His works include The Franchiser, George Mills, and Mrs. Ted Bliss.
-- First published by Random House ('66), most recent paperback by Thunder's Mouth Press ('90).

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"This imagination of Elkin's sneaks up, tickles, surprises, shocks and kills. It makes stories that are deadly funny."--The New York Times

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These nine stories reveal a dazzling variety of styles, tones and subject matter. Among them are some of Stanley Elkin's finest, including the fabulistic "On a Field, Rampant," the farcical "Perlmutter at the East Pole," and the stylized "A Poetics for Bullies." Despite the diversity of their form and matter, each of these stories shares Elkin's nimble, comic, antic imagination, a dedication to the value of form and language, and a concern with a single theme: the tragic inadequacy of a simplistic response to life.

About the Author

Stanley Elkin--a two-time recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award--is widely regarded as one of America's most important contemporary writers. During his lifetime he wrote more than a dozen novels and short-story collections, including The Magic Kingdom, The Franchiser, and The Dick Gibson Show.

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ISBN:
9781564782342
Introduction:
Lehmann, Chirs
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Introduction by:
Lehmann, Chirs
Introduction:
Lehmann, Chirs
Author:
Elkin, Stanley
Location:
Normal, Ill.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Humorous stories, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1st Dalkey Archive ed.
Series:
American Literature Series
Series Volume:
95-13
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.48x5.52x.76 in. .75 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , -- This collection of vintage Elkin brings together nine tragicomic tales of hard-luck cases and ordinary schmucks steeling themselves against the absurdities of everyday life, all written with Elkin's exuberant wordplay in a perfectly pitched prose.
-- Stanley Elkin, a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and three-time nominee for the National Book Award is widely considered one of the most important writers of the contemporary period. His works include The Franchiser, George Mills, and Mrs. Ted Bliss.
-- First published by Random House ('66), most recent paperback by Thunder's Mouth Press ('90).
"Synopsis" by , "This imagination of Elkin's sneaks up, tickles, surprises, shocks and kills. It makes stories that are deadly funny."--The New York Times
"Synopsis" by , These nine stories reveal a dazzling variety of styles, tones and subject matter. Among them are some of Stanley Elkin's finest, including the fabulistic "On a Field, Rampant," the farcical "Perlmutter at the East Pole," and the stylized "A Poetics for Bullies." Despite the diversity of their form and matter, each of these stories shares Elkin's nimble, comic, antic imagination, a dedication to the value of form and language, and a concern with a single theme: the tragic inadequacy of a simplistic response to life.
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