Splendide-Hotel

Splendide-Hotel

by Gilbert Sorrentino
     
 

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Arthur Rimbaud's invented "Splendide-Hotel," "built in the chaos of ice and of the polar night," provides the occasion for Sorrentino's imaginative meditation on letters and language. Each chapter serves as an opportunity for the author to expand on thoughts and images suggested by a letter of the alphabet, as well as to reflect upon the workings of the imagination

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Arthur Rimbaud's invented "Splendide-Hotel," "built in the chaos of ice and of the polar night," provides the occasion for Sorrentino's imaginative meditation on letters and language. Each chapter serves as an opportunity for the author to expand on thoughts and images suggested by a letter of the alphabet, as well as to reflect upon the workings of the imagination, particularly in the art of William Carlos Williams and Arthur Rimbaud. Reminiscent of the philosophical treatise/poem "On Being Blue" by William H. Glass, "Splendide-Hotel" is a Grand Hotel of the mind, splendidly conceived.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Sorrentino can write with a wit that S.J. Perelman might envy . . . with sustained irony, seemingly effortless invention, and unfaltering verbal control. The result is prose of a rare deliciousness, but also philodophy and critique of contemporary writing.
Alice S. Morris
Splendide-Hôtel is so full of wit, sadness and delicious invention that the experience of reading it was like that of drinking the finest of champagnes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564782786
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

In addition to his books of poetry and criticism, Gilbert Sorrentino is the author of fourteen novels, including Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, The Sky Changes, and Mulligan Stew. He has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career, including the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships and a Lannan Literary Award.

Robert Creeley (1926-2005) published more than sixty books of poetry, prose, essays, and interviews in the United States and abroad, including "If I Were Writing This, Selected Poems 1945-1990, The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1975-2005, "and "The Island. "His many honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown University.

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