Gnomon

Gnomon

The gnomon is the part of a sundial that casts its shadow, and Gnomon: Essays on Contemporary Literature represents, in its author’s words, a report on ten years watching of shadows. Collecting the earliest short essays and reviews by a man who was arguably the greatest English-landguage critic-scholar of the twentieth century, Gnomon not only provides valuable, entertaining, and often scabrous insights into the workings of literature, as well as the books of such modern giants as William Carlos Williams, Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound, but is itself a cross-section of the the development of Kenner’s own body of work, which inits beauty, irreverence, and disregard for convention proves him as much an artist as the men and women he spent his life championing. Read on! →

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Mulligan Stew

Widely regarded as Sorrentino’s finest achievement, Mulligan Stew takes as its subject the comic possibilities of the modern literary imagination. As avant-garde novelist Antony Lamont struggles to write a “new wave murder mystery,” his frustrating… Read on! →

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Joyce’s Voices

When a correspondent from Missouri wrote to Hugh Kenner and asked that he elaborate on his assertion that “Joyce began Ulysses in naturalism and ended it in parody,” Kenner answered with this book. Joyce’s Voices is both a helpful guide… Read on! →

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Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians

An enlightening study of three writers, Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians begins with an explanation of the effect of the printing press on books. The “book as book” has been removed from the oral tradition by such features… Read on! →

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The Counterfeiters

Wide-ranging enough to encompass Buster Keaton, Charles Babbage, horses, and a man riding a bicycle while wearing a gas mask, The Counterfeiters is one of Hugh Kenner’s greatest achievements. In this fascinating work of literary and cultural… Read on! →

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