William T. Vollmann: A Critical Study and Seven Interviews

William T. Vollmann: A Critical Study and Seven Interviews

by Michael Hemmingson

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William T. Vollmann: A Critical Study and Seven Interviews by Michael Hemmingson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786440252
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The late Michael Hemmingson lived in LaJolla, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1



Part I: Freedom, Redemption, and Prostitution

Introduction 7

1. You Bright and Risen Angels (1987) 17

2. The Rainbow Stories (1989); Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epithets (1991); Europe Central (2005) 22

3. Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes (1990–2001) 31

4. Whores for Gloria (1991); Butterfly Stories (1993); The Royal Family (2001) 39

5. Rising Up and Rising Down (2003) 49

6. An Afghanistan Picture Show (1993); The Atlas (1996) 62

7. Poor People (2007); Riding Toward Everywhere (2008); Imperial (2009) 67



Part II: Seven Conversations

Moth to the Flame (1991) by Larry McCaffery 85

The Write Stuff 7ALT-X Interview (1994) by AL 114

Vollmann Shares Vision (2000) by Michelle Goldberg 124

Pattern Recognitions (2001) by Larry McCaffery 135

Drinks with Tony (2005) by Tony Dushane 146

The Subversive Dialogues (2006) by Kate Braverman 153

A Day at Vollmann’s Studio (2007) by Terri Saul 167

Appendix: CoTangent Press Book Arts 181



Notes 191

Bibliography 195

Index 203

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