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The Novel: A Poem
     

The Novel: A Poem

by Paul Hoover
 

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'The Novel' is a booklength poem which examines the privilege of the novelist from the poet's point of view, asking in both astonishment and disappointment: why is the novelist at once the most lordly and common of authors?

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'The Novel' is a booklength poem which examines the privilege of the novelist from the poet's point of view, asking in both astonishment and disappointment: why is the novelist at once the most lordly and common of authors?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoover's engaging, challenging book-length poem reads like a detective story where the private eye, always one step out of sync, unwittingly tracks himself. The detective here is the writer on the trail of authorial creation--author meets author--and Hoover, who combines the knowledge of a deconstructionist critic with the trickery of a copywriter, plays the theme for all its worth. He is able to break down the authority (as in author) of the text and conflate the roles of writer and reader, by mimicking the process through which all storytelling, both public and private, takes place. The same stream of thoughts that we, the readers, use to build our own stories also provides the raw material for the novelist: ``The shadows of thoughts, like thoughts, / have language but no words.'' The literary repertoire of the past serves, too, as a creative source for the writer, and Hoover assaults the reader with a fantastic parade of references, from the most sublime--Eliot, Shakespeare, Proust--to the most low-brow and popular--paperback crime fiction and advertising ditties. Hoover is the author of a novel, Saigon, Illinois. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811211536
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.76(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.27(d)

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