Half a Look of Cain; A Fantastical Narrative

Half a Look of Cain; A Fantastical Narrative


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Half a Look of Cain; A Fantastical Narrative by William Goyen

Ahead of its time in its swirling visionary structure, Half a Look at Cain was rejected by Goyen's first publisher and remained unpublished for years despite extensive revisions. The novel is shaped as a series of related episodes, and its characters dream of defying mortality and of finding perfect companionship in lovers and friends. Published at last, it shines as a celebration of passion and as a rediscovered cry against the conformity and of the 1950s.

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ISBN-13: 9780810150881
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 09/30/1998
Edition description: 1
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Charles William Goyen (April 24, 1915 - August 30, 1983) was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, editor, and teacher. Born in a small town in East Texas, these roots would influence his work for his entire life. In World War II he served as an officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific, where he began work on one of his most important and critically acclaimed books, The House of Breath. After the war and through the 1950s he published short stories, collections of stories, other novels, and plays. He never achieved commercial success in America, but his translated work was highly regarded in Europe. During his life he could not completely support himself through his writing, so at various times he took work as an editor and teacher at several prominent universities.

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