Here comes Lucien Springer. Age: forty-seven. Still handsome though muchly vodka'd novelist, currently abashed by acute creative dysfunction. Sole preoccupation amid these artistic doldrums: pursuit of fair women. Springer is a randy incorrigible who is guided by only one inflexible precept: no protracted affairs. And thus he has slyly sustained eighteen years of marriage.
Enter, then, Jessica Cornford. Age: almost half of Lucien's. Lush of body and roguish of mind. Whereupon what begins as bawdy interlude becomes perhaps the most untidy extramarital letch in literature.
Rabelaisian yet uncannily wise, both ribald and bittersweet, Springer's Progress is that rarest of gifts, a mature love story. It is an also exuberant linguistic romp, a novel saturated with irrepressible wordplay and outrageous literary thieveries. Contemplating his own work, Lucien Springer modestly restricts his ambition to "a phrase or three worth some lonely pretty girl's midnight underlining." For the discerning reader, David Markson has contrived a hundred of them.
Title Springer's Progress
Author David Markson
Title First Published 01 June 1990
Nb of pages 234 p.
Publication Date 01 June 1990
Nb of pages 234
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $12.95
High style and literary madness . . . Amoral and groiny as the subject matter may be, the real morality is in the writing, so strict, so caring, so classically grounded and conversant, so redemptive of the threatened sources of literature . . . rare, singular, deluxe. -Seymour Krim
As amoral and exuberant as if it were told by Dylan Thomas to the Wife of Bath . . . fills one with as much awe as laughter. -Douglas Day
So rich in allusions, precision puns, extraordinary metaphors, Joycean wordplay, yeasty quotes and breathtaking prose and poetry that a lesser writer than David Markson would merely dazzle the reader. -Les Whitten
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