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William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. Continuing Gaddis's career-long reflection on those aspects of corporate technological culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts, Agape Agape is a stunning achievement from one of the indisputable masters of postwar American fiction.
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About the Author
William Gaddis (1922-1998) was a master of the American novel who was frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Pynchon. Two of his novels, J R and A Frolic of His Own, won the National Book Award. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of a MacArthur Prize.
Date of Birth:December 29, 1922
Date of Death:December 17, 1998
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:East Hampton, New York
Education:Attended Harvard University (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Agape Agape based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Written from his death bed, the narrator delivers a powerful meditation on the importance of art, a writer's role in materializing thoughts for prosperity's sake, and, consequently, the purpose of one's life. Will resonate with intellectuals and non-intellectuals who question if one's life work can truly leave a long-standing imprint long after we are gone.
Hardcore Gaddis fans will appreciate this insight to his work and philosophy. A lot of us have waited a long time to see the perpetually edited work of Gaddis' best characters, Jack Gibbs.native son
Maddening, posthumous, short, this book was never meant to be published. It appears to be notes that were left out of the author's previous two novels. Read it as an addendum to "A Frolic of His Own' if you can't ever get enough of Gaddis.
There just seems to be something wrong about reading this book on an e-reader.