Collected Fiction

Collected Fiction

by Louis Zukofsky, Paul Zukofsky
     
 

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Best known as one of the most significant poets of the 20th century, Louis Zukofsky was also an accomplished writer of fiction, all of which is collected here for the first time. Included is his only novel, "Little" (1970), which John Leonard in the "New York Times" called "an odd, playful, thoroughly charming novel about a child prodigy." (The novel is very

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Best known as one of the most significant poets of the 20th century, Louis Zukofsky was also an accomplished writer of fiction, all of which is collected here for the first time. Included is his only novel, "Little" (1970), which John Leonard in the "New York Times" called "an odd, playful, thoroughly charming novel about a child prodigy." (The novel is very autobiographical and Zukofsky's son, violin virtuoso, Paul Zukofsky, has written an afterword for this edition.) Also included are the four stories comprising "It Was," published in 1961 in a limited edition and virtually unobtainable for years. The stories range from the brief title story in which a writer struggles with the composition of the perfect sentence to the novella length "Ferdinand," which Guy Davenport praised in the "New York Times Book Review" as "a finely tuned story from a sensibility of extraordinary range and skill."

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"Zukofsky is best known as a leader of the Objectivist movement and author of A (Univ. of California Pr., 1978), perhaps the most neglected major poem of the 20th century. This collection reprints the novella Little, a thinly veiled portrait of Zukofsky's son, Paul, a child prodigy violinist, and four additional works: "It Was," "A Keystone Comedy," "Ferdinhand," and "Thanks to the Dictionary." Zukofsky's prose is as carefully wrought as his poems. His playful use of language and his attention to the sound, tone, and rhythm of words lend his prose a rich, poetic density. The publication of these works, long out of print and, for the most part, previously available only in limited editions, is a welcome event. Recommended for contemporary literature collections." -- Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born in New York of Russian immigrant parents, Zukofsky (1904-78) gained renown as a poet dedicated to verbal play, the poetic process and the link between language and music. These pursuits are evident in his fiction--four stories and a short novel--gathered for the first time in this volume that will appeal most to those interested in experimental fiction. Little is a humorous autobiographical novel on the early career of a violin prodigy, Baron Snorck, for which the author's son (virtuoso violinist Paul Zukofsky) provides notes and afterword. Zany and serious, the novel features Snorckie's friends, e.g., Ezra Pound, Arthur Rubenstein, their names disguised or spelled backwards (Caasi Nrets=Isaac Stern). ``Ferdinand,'' the most ambitious story, connects the hero's life, dreams and fears to his automobile driving; the experimental ``Thanks to the Dictionary'' recalls Zukofsky's major poem ``A.'' (May)
Library Journal
Zukofsky is best known as a leader of the Objectivist movement and author of A (Univ. of California Pr., 1978), perhaps the most neglected major poem of the 20th century. This collection reprints the novella Little , a thinly veiled portrait of Zukofsky's son, Paul, a child prodigy violinist, and four additional works: ``It Was,'' ``A Keystone Comedy,'' ``Ferdinhand,'' and ``Thanks to the Dictionary.'' Zukofsky's prose is as carefully wrought as his poems. His playful use of language and his attention to the sound, tone, and rhythm of words lend his prose a rich, poetic density. The publication of these works, long out of print and, for the most part, previously available only in limited editions, is a welcome event. Recommended for contemporary literature collections.-- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781567
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Edition description:
2nd ed.
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Louis Zukofsky spent forty-sixyears writing his masterwork "A," and died beforehe could see the completed versionpublished. Poet, translator, fictionwriter, essayist, anthologist, critic, teacher, WPA worker, and bindingforce of the Objectivist poets, Zukofsky was born in New York Cityand lived in or near the city hiswhole life.

In addition to his books of poetry and criticism, Gilbert Sorrentino is the author of fourteen novels, including Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, The Sky Changes, and Mulligan Stew. He has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career, including the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships and a Lannan Literary Award.

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