Letters of William Gaddis
Afterword by Sarah Gaddis
Edited by Steven Moore
William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National book awards (for J R  and A Frolic of His Own ), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including Carpenter's Gothic (1985), Agapē Agape (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece The Recognitions (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.
Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, J R is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something more dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable . . . [continued]
The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn't read it while composing Catch-22 and V., managed to anticipate the spirit of both." . . . [continued]