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Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell
     

Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell

by Jonathan Safran Foer
 

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This book is the result of a convergence, which began with the passion of a young writer, Jonathan Safran Foer, for the work of the 20th century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. Inspired by Cornell's avian-themed boxes, and suspecting that they would be similarly (and diversely) inspiring to others, Foer began to write letters. The responses he received from

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This book is the result of a convergence, which began with the passion of a young writer, Jonathan Safran Foer, for the work of the 20th century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. Inspired by Cornell's avian-themed boxes, and suspecting that they would be similarly (and diversely) inspiring to others, Foer began to write letters. The responses he received from luminaries of American writing were nothing short of astounding. From Joyce Carol Oates to Robert Pinsky, Rick Moody to Lydia Davis to Howard Norman, twenty writers have generously contributed original pieces of prose and poetry that are as eclectic as they are imaginative. Accompanied by tipped-on plates, this volume is a soaring tribute - not only to the work of Joseph Cornell, but also to the spirit of creation.

Contributing writers:

  • Diane Ackerman
  • Martine Bellen
  • John Burghardt
  • Robert Coover
  • Lydia Davis
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Ann Lauterbach
  • Barry Lopez
  • Rick Moody
  • Bradford Morrow
  • Howard Norman
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Dale Peck
  • Robert Pinsky
  • Erik Anderson Reece
  • Joanna Scott
  • Rosemarie Waldrop
  • Diane Williams
  • John Yau
  • Paul West

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This elegantly packaged limited edition (350 copies) of A Convergence of Birds is signed by each of the 21 noted contributors on special vellum sheets that are hand-tipped into the book on the title page of each writer's section. Bound in beige linen and boxed in a handsome slipcase, this edition includes 26 tipped-in color plates, with details about the artwork printed on the page under each plate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141012704
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
11/28/2007

Meet the Author

Joseph Cornell was born Nyack, New York in 1903. This American sculptor was one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage—an artform influenced by the Surrealists. Cornell was best-known for his shadow boxes—relatively small constructions, within glass-fronted shallow boxes or frames, made of a wide variety of found objects, maps, photographs, engravings, and other materials. The Cornell boxes possess a unique visual magic, and their selection and arrangement are extraordinarily evocative and filled with personal symbolism. He was also an avant-garde and experimental filmmaker who lived New York City for most of his life in a frame house on Utopia Parkway in Queens, New York, with his mother and his brother, Robert. Cornell died in 1972.

Rick Moody is the author of numerous books of fiction, including The Ice Storm, Purple America, Demonology and, most recently, The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions. He has received the Aga Khan Prize and the Addison Metcalf Award, among other honors.

Howard Norman is the author of many works, including The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard and The Haunting of L. He is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award in Fiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
February 21, 1977
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A. in Philosophy, Princeton University, 1999

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