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Biographies of books : the compositional histories of notable American writings

Author: James Barbour; Tom Quirk
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1996.
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The story behind the composition and publication of a literary work is often almost as interesting as the work itself. The essays gathered here under the skillful editorship of James Barbour and Tom Quirk present the fascinating "biographies" of ten well-known works by some of the most inventive and important authors in American literature. From Mark Twain to Ken Kesey, Edith Wharton to Eudora Welty, these writers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Biographies of books.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605017563
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Barbour; Tom Quirk
ISBN: 0826210449 9780826210449
OCLC Number: 33161530
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Composition of Nature : writing and the self in the launching of a career / Albert Von Frank --
"Well my book is written--let it go. . ." : the making of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court / Howard G. Baetzhold --
Unsmiling aspects of life : A Hazard of New Fortunes / John W. Crowley --
"Quite the best, "All Round", of all my productions" : the multiple versions of the Jamesian Germ for The Ambassadors / Richard A. Hocks --
"There was something mystic about it" : the composition of Sister Carrie by Dreiser et al / Richard W. Dowell --
Building The House of Mirth / Candance Waid --
"A truly American book" : pressing The Grapes of Wrath / Robert DeMott --
Making of Delta Wedding, or doing "something Diarmuid thought I could do" / Albert J. Devlin --
Early composition history of Catch-22 / James Nagel --
Western American context of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest / Stephen L. Tanner.
Responsibility: edited by James Barbour and Tom Quirk.

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This selection of essays presents the "biographies" of ten well-known writings by some of the most inventive authors in American literature. From Mark Twain to Ken Kesey, Edith Wharton to Eudora  Read more...

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