Fire the Bastards!

Fire the Bastards!

by Jack Green
     
 

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Fire the Bastards! is a scorching attack on the book-review media using the critical reception of William Gaddis's 1955 novel The Recognitions as a case study.See more details below

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Fire the Bastards! is a scorching attack on the book-review media using the critical reception of William Gaddis's 1955 novel The Recognitions as a case study.

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William Gaddis's Recognitions (1955), now generally recognized as a landmark of modern fiction, was initially panned by reviewers, who criticized its length, complexity, and innovative style. Fire the Bastards! originally appeared during 1962 in three issues of newspaper , Green's underground magazine, to refute these negative reviews and to launch an assault on book reviewers and the publishing establishment. Green scrutinizes these reviews and delivers a tirade (printed without capitalization or punctuation) on mediocre standards, plagiarism, the use of shopworn cliches, and the superficial reading and analysis employed by allegedly overpaid reviewers who wouldn't recognize genius if they fell over it. An introduction by Steven Moore provides fascinating background information on Green, Gaddis, and the ``disturbing questions about the book-review media that are as pertinent today as they were thirty years ago.'' Recommended for college/research collections and thick-skinned reviewers.-- Jacqueline Adams, Carroll Cty. P.L., Westminster, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564786098
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Edition description:
2nd ed.
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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