Freddy's Book

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“Combines the fascination of a fairy tale . . . with beautifully defined characters and an underlying seriousness of purpose that makes it something far more important  . . . Freddy’s Book is the work of a master storyteller.”—Anne Tyler

In a gloomy mansion in Madison, Wisconsin, a sheltered and sensitive young man slips a visiting professor his secret manuscript—a staggering and beautiful fantasy of knights, knaves, and fools, a rich tale...

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Overview

“Combines the fascination of a fairy tale . . . with beautifully defined characters and an underlying seriousness of purpose that makes it something far more important  . . . Freddy’s Book is the work of a master storyteller.”—Anne Tyler

In a gloomy mansion in Madison, Wisconsin, a sheltered and sensitive young man slips a visiting professor his secret manuscript—a staggering and beautiful fantasy of knights, knaves, and fools, a rich tale of timeless battles with the devil himself over power and destiny.

John Gardner (1933–1982) was a major figure of twentieth-century letters.

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This novel by the late Gardner made its debut in 1980. The title's meaning is twofold: Freddy is the central character in this tale of human relationships, but he also is the author of a novel whose story is juxtaposed against the lives of the book's characters. ``The net result,'' said LJ 's reviewer, ``is one of Gardner's most subtly moving and persuasive fictions on life and its conduct'' ( LJ 3/1/80).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394509204
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1980
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 24
  • Pages: 245

Meet the Author

John Gardner (1933-1982) was a major figure of 20th century letters. He is the author of a number of acclaimed novels including: The Sunlight Dialogues, October Light, and Grendel. He was also the author of several seminal works of non-fiction including The Art of Fiction and On Moral Fiction as well as volumes of poetry, and translations.

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