William T. Vollmann: A Critical Study and Seven Interviews

Overview

Talking bugs, electricity, the founding of empires, hobos, Nazis, whores, violence, drugs, murder, secret cabals, Heaven, Hell—William T. Vollmann is a writer of enormous novels that are stuffed with entire worlds of creation and destruction. This first ever book-length critical study traces his career to date with chapters devoted to each of his novels, as well as his short stories and major nonfiction. Vollmann is a writer of obsessions, and this study concentrates on three of them—freedom, redemption, and ...

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Overview

Talking bugs, electricity, the founding of empires, hobos, Nazis, whores, violence, drugs, murder, secret cabals, Heaven, Hell—William T. Vollmann is a writer of enormous novels that are stuffed with entire worlds of creation and destruction. This first ever book-length critical study traces his career to date with chapters devoted to each of his novels, as well as his short stories and major nonfiction. Vollmann is a writer of obsessions, and this study concentrates on three of them—freedom, redemption, and prostitution—while arguing that the author that dwells on them is worthy of being called one of our greatest living American writers. Also included are seven interviews spanning the years 1991-2007 that reinforce the persistence of Vollmann's attraction to these themes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440252
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hemmingson lives in LaJolla, California.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Freedom, Redemption, and Prostitution

1 You Bright and Risen Angels (1987)

2 The Rainbow Stories (1989); Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epithets (1991); Europe Central (2005)

3 Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes (1990-2001)

4 Whores for Gloria (1991); Butterfly Stories (1993); The Royal Family (2001)

5 Rising Up and Rising Down (2003)

6 An Afghanistan Picture Show (1993); The Atlas (1996)

7 Poor People (2007); Riding Toward Everywhere (2008); Imperial (2009)

Pt. II Seven Conversations

Moth to the Flame (1991) Larry McCaffery McCaffery, Larry

The Write Stuff 7ALT-X Interview (1994) AL

Vollmann Shares Vision (2000) Michelle Goldberg Goldberg, Michelle

Pattern Recognitions (2001) Larry McCaffery McCaffery, Larry

Drinks with Tony (2005) Tony Dushane Dushane, Tony

The Subversive Dialogues (2006) Kate Braverman Braverman, Kate

A Day at Vollmann's Studio (2007) Terri Saul Saul, Terri

Appendix CoTangent Press Book Arts

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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