Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright

Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright

by Steven Millhauser
     
 

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At the age of two, Edwin Mullhouse is reciting Shakespeare. At ten he has written a novel that critics will call 'a work of undoubted genius'. At eleven Edwin Mullhouse is mysteriously dead. Documenting every stage of his brief life is Jeffrey Cartwright, Edwin's best friend and biographer - and the narrator of this dazzling portrait of the artist as a young child

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At the age of two, Edwin Mullhouse is reciting Shakespeare. At ten he has written a novel that critics will call 'a work of undoubted genius'. At eleven Edwin Mullhouse is mysteriously dead. Documenting every stage of his brief life is Jeffrey Cartwright, Edwin's best friend and biographer - and the narrator of this dazzling portrait of the artist as a young child.

Edwin Mullhouse plunges us back into the pleasures and terrors of childhood, even as it plays havoc with our notions of genius and biography. Rapturous, funny, elegiac, Edwin Mullhouse has been considered a classic since original publication in 1972.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in 1972, Millhauser's cult novel is both a parody of literary biography and a heartfelt evocation of childhood. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This 1972 first novel was written in the form of a biography of a fictitious person by a fictitious author. The plot follows the life of Mullhouse, an "eccentric young show-off who fancied himself something of a literary wonder" (LJ 8/15/72).
Robert Dunn
Steven Millhauser makes our world turn amazing! He continues to pursue fiction as a mysterious, magical, enlightening experience...we venture with him into the common corners of our ragged world, where the marvelous glows and true meanings breathe life. -- The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140077827
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1985
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Maureen Howard
I read Stephen Millhauser in a state of enchantment, quite conscious that he is seducing me with his intelligence and his craft, while bringing me back to the source of his imagination. Like Hawthorne, he recreates the wonder of stories for us, and with us.
Jonathan Yardley
One of the finest novels I have read in recent years...such intelligence, wit, and compassion that a reviewer's catalogue of superlatives is inadequate to it.

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