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In fact : essays on writers and writing

Author: Thomas Mallon
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Fact gathers the best of Thomas Mallon's superb criticism from the past twenty-two years - essays that appeared in his GQ column, "Doubting Thomas," and in The New York Times Book Review, The American Scholar, The New Yorker, and Harper's, among other publications. Here are his evaluations of the work of contemporary writers such as Nicholson Baker, Peter Carey, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, and Robert
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mallon, Thomas, 1951-
In fact.
New York : Pantheon Books c2001
(OCoLC)606395406
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Mallon
ISBN: 0375409165 9780375409165
OCLC Number: 44632944
Description: xiii, 352 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The fabulous Baker Boy --
Speed the plot --
Writing like the dickens --
Dead ringer --
Read it and beep --
Joan Didion : trail's end --
And quiet flows the Potomac --
The best man --
True grit --
The Bronx, with thonx --
Book of revelation --
The Norman context --
Tom Wolfe bonfires Atlanta --
Snow falling on readers --
Is God read? --
A measure of self esteem --
The Great War and Sassoon's memory --
Babbitt redux --
U.S.A. today : Dos Passos reconsidered --
Scrappy days : the life of H.L. Mencken --
Appointment with O'Hara --
The big uneasy --
Too good to be tru --
The novel on Elba --
Virtual Mary --
My fans' notes --
A literary mugging --
Six feet under, but above the fold --
Indexterity --
Minding your p's and q's --
Bookmobile --
A boy of no importance --
Held in check --
Sanctified by blood --
Enough about me --
Life is short --
Double Dutch --
Writing historical fiction --
The historical novelist's burden of truth --
Five practitioners --
Varlet's ghost --
Lens democracy --
One small shelf for literature --
The revolution : a minority report --
On not being a poet.
Responsibility: Thomas Mallon.
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"In Fact gathers the best of Thomas Mallon's superb criticism from the past twenty-two years - essays that appeared in his GQ column, "Doubting Thomas," and in The New York Times Book Review, The American Scholar, The New Yorker, and Harper's, among other publications. Here are his evaluations of the work of contemporary writers such as Nicholson Baker, Peter Carey, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, and Robert Stone, and reassessments of such earlier twentieth-century figures as John O'Hara, Sinclair Lewis, Truman Capote, and Mary McCarthy. Mallon also considers an array of odd literary genres and phenomena - including book indexes, obituaries, plagiarism, cancelled checks, fan mail, and author tours.

And he turns his sharp eye on historical fiction (his own genre) as well as on the history, practice, and future of memoir."--Jacket.

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