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Expelled from Eden : a William T. Vollmann reader

Author: William T Vollmann; Larry McCaffery; Michael A Hemmingson
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2004.
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"Here is a long-awaited "best-of" collection, intended both as an introduction for the curious reader, and as a necessary addition to the existing fan's collection. With excerpts from all of Vollmann's novels (including several not yet published), journalistic pieces, essays, correspondence, and poetry, Expelled from Eden creates a portrait of one of America's most notorious, protean, devastating, and necessary  Read more...
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Named Person: William T Vollmann; William T Vollmann
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William T Vollmann; Larry McCaffery; Michael A Hemmingson
ISBN: 1560254416 9781560254416
OCLC Number: 51511331
Description: xl, 479 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface / Michael Hemmingson --
Introduction / Larry McCaffery --
Part 1: Background and influences: Biographical statement (c. 1989) ; From "The land of counterpane" ; The butterfly boy ; Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.A. (1968) ; Some thoughts on neglected water taps ; List of "Contemporary" books most admired by Vollmann (1990) ; From "The ghost of magnetism" ; Preface to Ken Miller's Open all night ; Ken Miller, selection of photos ; Honesty --
Part II: On death, war, and violence: Three meditations on death ; Across the divide ; Regrets of a schoolteacher ; Zoya ; From "The grave of lost stories" ; Review of Reporting Vietnam ; Some thoughts on the value of writing during wartime ; From "Moral calculus" --
Part III: On love, sex, prostitutes, and pornography: The agony of Parker ; The shame of it all ; Nicole ; Decisions, decisions ; The hermophrodite ; List of what porn is (and isn't) ; Sunflower ; From "The best way to smoke crack" ; Prayer against angels --
Part IV: On travel: Antarctica ; The conquest of Kianazor ; The advantages of space (1978) ; A bizarre proposition (1979) ; Subzero's debt, 1991 ; The water of life --
Part V: On writing, literature, and culture: Writing ; Letters against cuts ; Whores for Gloria: a note to publishers ; Crabbed cautions of a bleeding-hearted un-deleter and potential Nobel Prize winner ; "My life's work" (2002) ; American writing today: diagnosis of a disease ; Afterword to Danilo Kiš's A tomb for Boris Davidovich ; Debts and debtors ; To the right honourable reader ; The stench of corpses ; Melville's Magic mountain ; Steinbeck: most American of us all --
Postface by Michael Hemmingson --
Appendices: A.A William T. Vollmann chronology / Larry McCaffery ; B. Seven dreams: description of project ; C. Lists ; D. CoTangent Press Book objects.
Responsibility: edited by Larry McCaffery and Michael Hemmingson.
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"Here is a long-awaited "best-of" collection, intended both as an introduction for the curious reader, and as a necessary addition to the existing fan's collection. With excerpts from all of Vollmann's novels (including several not yet published), journalistic pieces, essays, correspondence, and poetry, Expelled from Eden creates a portrait of one of America's most notorious, protean, devastating, and necessary writers."--Jacket.

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Worth a read for the WTV virgin

by StevenMCohen (WorldCat user published 2005-10-10) Very Good Permalink
I read this book after finishing up Royal Family (2000) and realized that if I had read EFE before RT, I would have enjoyed RF more.This primer into the works of WTV helps the reader understand the author and why he writes like he does, with a full onslaught of verbage, metaphor, and killer prose.Read...
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