Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles 1970-1992 by William O'Rourke | 9780791416815 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles 1970-1992

Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles 1970-1992

by William O'Rourke
     
 

ISBN-10: 079141681X

ISBN-13: 9780791416815

Pub. Date: 12/01/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book is O'Rourke’s first volume of nonfiction since his 1972 The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, which Garry Wills hailed as "a clinical x-ray of our society's condition." That book prompted Herbert Mitgang to name O'Rourke "one of the finest writers of his generation." Signs of the Literary Times provides new evidence for that assessment. It

Overview

This book is O'Rourke’s first volume of nonfiction since his 1972 The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, which Garry Wills hailed as "a clinical x-ray of our society's condition." That book prompted Herbert Mitgang to name O'Rourke "one of the finest writers of his generation." Signs of the Literary Times provides new evidence for that assessment. It brings together O’Rourke’s unique mixture of literary, political, and cultural criticism published periodically during the last twenty-two years. The collection ranges from autobiographical essays describing his generation’s literary evolution, to articles on free speech issues, such as nude dancing and the Bush-era NEA controversies, as well as book reviews that provide a fresh and largely uncharted critical map of the period. O’Rourke is not only interested in genre bending and expansion, but in persevering during this age of academic specialization as, in his phrase, “a person of letters.”

In the two decades between his first work of nonfiction and this volume, O’Rourke has published three highly acclaimed novels, The Meekness of Isaac (1974), Idle Hands (1981), and Criminal Tendencies (1987). Of the last, The Virginia Quarterly Review wrote, “Of all the novelists paraded in recent years by publishers as natural successors to Graham Greene, this one comes the closest. A thoroughly entertaining literary event.”

Signs of the Literary Times is not so much a compendium of diverse pieces on various subjects, as it is a cogent and continuing x-ray of our society's condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791416815
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
SUNY series, The Margins of Literature Series
Pages:
250

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

I. Edward Dahlberg Times 5

Edward Dahlberg, Teacher
Dahlberg's The Olive of Minerva
Edward Dahlberg 1900-1977
The Wages of Expectation
The Causes of Immortal Conceptions

II. The Literary Life and Hard Times

The Literature of Place and No Place
The Night the Ghost Didn't Get In
Catholics Coming of Age
Ellen Frankfort's Voice
Difficult Women
and Minor Characters
On Becoming a Novelist
and Panic among the Philistines
Famous People He Has Known
The Post-Modern Aura
Protesting N.E.A.
Artisits Should Accept Grants from the Arts Endowment
Letters to Editors: The N.E.A. and the Loyalty Oafs

III. Fictional Times: America, England, Ireland

Craig Nova, 1,2,3
John Updike
Nicholas Delbanco, Donald Marsh, Katherine Dunn, Rosalyn Drexler, Kenneth Patchen, Harry Crews, Robert Hemenway
David Black
James Carroll
Mary Gordon
Chuck Blaise and Madison Jones
Hugh Nissenson
John Barth
Gordon Lish
Thomas McMahon
James T. Farrell
Joseph Caldwell and James Reid
John Cheever
Norman Kotker
Richard Elman and Robin Hemley
Nettie Jones
C.E. Poverman
Douglas Unger
Richard Bausch and Mark Probst
Howard Frank Mosher
Thomas Pynchon
Larry Heinemann
Adrian Mitchell
Patrick McGinley
Bernard Mac Laverty
William Trevor and Fay Weldon
Iris Murdoch
D. M. Thomas

IV. Nonfictional Time: Amnesty, Trials, Profiles, Censorship

Remebering to Forget
Jury Duty
Michael Harrington
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Of Judges and G-strings
Will the Court Bare All?
Freedom at Risk

V. Time for One Story

The Maggot Principle

Afterward

Index

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