JR

JR

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by William Gaddis
     
 

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Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, "J R" is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something more dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old—J R—who with boyish enthusiasm turns a few basic lessons in capitalist principles, coupled with a young

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Overview

Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, "J R" is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something more dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old—J R—who with boyish enthusiasm turns a few basic lessons in capitalist principles, coupled with a young boy's lack of conscience, into a massive and exploitative paper empire. The result is one of the funniest and most disturbing stories ever told about the corruption of the American dream.

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New York Times Book Review - George Stade

No other novel I know of catches up so much of contemporary reality, or renders it so exactly, and with such telling detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784339
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
725
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R" [1976] and "A Frolic of His Own" [1995]), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 29, 1922
Date of Death:
December 17, 1998
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
East Hampton, New York
Education:
Attended Harvard University (no degree)

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