Springer's Progress

Overview

Here comes Lucien Springer. Age: forty-seven. Still handsome though muchly vodka'd novelist, currently abashed by acute creative dysfunction. Sole preoccupation amid these artistic doldrums: pursuit of fair women. Springer is a randy incorrigible who is guided by only one inflexible precept: no protracted affairs. And thus he has slyly sustained eighteen years of marriage.

Enter, then, Jessica Cornford. Age: almost half of Lucien's. Lush of body and roguish of mind. Whereupon ...

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Overview

Here comes Lucien Springer. Age: forty-seven. Still handsome though muchly vodka'd novelist, currently abashed by acute creative dysfunction. Sole preoccupation amid these artistic doldrums: pursuit of fair women. Springer is a randy incorrigible who is guided by only one inflexible precept: no protracted affairs. And thus he has slyly sustained eighteen years of marriage.

Enter, then, Jessica Cornford. Age: almost half of Lucien's. Lush of body and roguish of mind. Whereupon what begins as bawdy interlude becomes perhaps the most untidy extramarital lech in literature.

Rabelaisian yet uncannily wise, both ribald and bittersweet, Springer's Progress is that rarest of gifts, a mature love story. It is an also exuberant linguistic romp, a novel saturated with irrepressible wordplay and outrageous literary thieveries. Contemplating his own work, Lucien Springer modestly restricts his ambition to "a phrase or three worth some lonely pretty girl's midnight underlining." For the discerning reader, David Markson has contrived a hundred of them.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Ms.
“Immensely endearing . . . And how nice to hear two people actually laugh during sex.”
Douglas Day
“As amoral and exuberant as if it were told by Dylan Thomas to the Wife of Bath . . . fills one with as much awe as laughter.”
Mademoiselle
“Funny and intelligent and, to say the very least, sexy.”
Washington Post
“Alive with the pleasures of language . . . terribly funny, formidably intelligent.”
The Soho Weekly News
“It is Markson's genius to have an ear that most writers would kill for.”
The East Hampton Star
“This freewheeling celebration, this dancing wordplay . . . delights the mind as well as the ear. A truly marvelous read.”
The New York Times Book Review
“An exuberantly Joycean, yes, Joycean, celebration of carnality and creativity—an everything-goes, risk-taking, maniacally wild and funny and painful novel . . . brilliant.”
Les Whitten
“So rich in allusions, precision puns, extraordinary metaphors, Joycean wordplay, yeasty quotes and breathtaking prose and poetry that a lesser writer than David Markson would merely dazzle the reader.”
Jonathan Yardley
Alive with the pleasures of language…Terribly funny, formatively intelligent.
Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782182
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,430,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Markson's novel Wittgenstein's Mistress was acclaimed by David Foster Wallace as "pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country." His other novels, including Reader's Block, Springer's Progress, and Vanishing Point, have expanded this high reputation. His novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee was made into the film Dirty Dingus Magee,
which starred Frank Sinatra, and he is also the author of three crime novels. Born in Albany, New York, he has long lived in New York City.

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