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A Nest of Ninnies

A Nest of Ninnies

by John Ashbery, James Schuyler
     
 

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James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance," writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction. "We were in a car being driven by the young cameraman, Harrison Starr, with his father as a passenger in the front seat . . . Jimmy said, 'Why don't we write a novel?' And how do we do that, I asked.

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James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance," writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction. "We were in a car being driven by the young cameraman, Harrison Starr, with his father as a passenger in the front seat . . . Jimmy said, 'Why don't we write a novel?' And how do we do that, I asked. 'It's easy—you write the first line,' was his reply." The result is one of the strangest and most exuberant experiments in American literary history, a verbal tour de force of suburban Americana. First published in 1969, A Nest of Ninnies is a true gem-in-the-rough, the decades-long collaborative project from two of the great poetic minds of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Arde
"My! What a pleasant surprise to read a novel in which there is not a single bedroom scene...More extraordinary still, though many of the characters live in surburbia they all seem, believe it or not, to be happy." -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880015233
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/25/1997
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.81(d)

What People are saying about this

Ned Rorem
"The prose gleans at the individuality of two of our leading poets, and at the same time mix them together than siamese twins."
F. W. Dupee
"The best comic novel I have read since Lolita."

Meet the Author

Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery has translated many French writers, including Alfred Jarry, Pierre Reverdy, and Raymond Roussel. In 2011 he was awarded the National Book Foundation s Lifetime Achievement Award.

James Schuyler (1923-91) received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "The Morning of the Poem "in 1981.

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