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The Art of the Magic Striptease: The Literary Layers of George Garrett
     

The Art of the Magic Striptease: The Literary Layers of George Garrett

by Casey Clabough
 

The Art of the Magic Striptease marks the first in-depth critical assessment of George Garrett in nearly two decades. One of the country's most gifted, important, and undervalued contemporary writers, Garrett is the author of award-winning novels, plays, poetry, short stories, biography, and criticism. He has been a prolific and significant creative force

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The Art of the Magic Striptease marks the first in-depth critical assessment of George Garrett in nearly two decades. One of the country's most gifted, important, and undervalued contemporary writers, Garrett is the author of award-winning novels, plays, poetry, short stories, biography, and criticism. He has been a prolific and significant creative force for six decades, regarded as a central figure in southern and American letters and a writer of tremendous intellectual reach and imaginative energy. The former poet laureate of Virginia, Garrett is also a teacher and editor.
 
Casey Clabough's metaphor of the magic striptease--borrowed from the title of Garrett's 1973 collection of three novellas--allows him to examine the ways in which Garrett sheds skins or layers in his writing, becoming and articulating others while maintaining his own identity. Considering Garrett's many experiments with form, genre, and storytelling, it proves to be a powerful critical framework by which to examine the remarkable output of a remarkable writer.
 
Clabough was given exclusive access to Garrett's private papers, and this volume includes the transcript of an interview with the author and the previously unknown, unpublished, and highly provocative short story, "No Novel Today."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813031767
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Casey Clabough, associate professor of English at Lynchburg College in Virginia, is the author of Elements: The Novels of James Dickey and The Early Novels and Short Fiction of Fred Chappell.

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