A Nest of Ninnies

Overview

"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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564785206
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,442,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ashbery is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century American poets. He has won nearly every major American award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Award, and a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. James Marcus Schuyler (November 9, 1923 - April 12, 1991) was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1980 collection The Morning of the Poem.

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