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Author: William Gaddis
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1975.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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At the center of this hugely comic tale of "free enterprise" America stands JR--an eleven-year-old capitalist, eagerly following the example of the grasping world around him. Operating through pay phones and post-office money orders, JR inadvertently parlays a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue, and a single share of common stock into a vast paper empire embracing timber, mineral and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Humorous fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gaddis, William, 1922-1998.
J R.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1975
(OCoLC)643661762
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Gaddis
ISBN: 0394495500 9780394495507 0394731425 9780394731421
OCLC Number: 1500067
Description: 725 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: by William Gaddis.

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At the center of this hugely comic tale of "free enterprise" America stands JR--an eleven-year-old capitalist, eagerly following the example of the grasping world around him. Operating through pay phones and post-office money orders, JR inadvertently parlays a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue, and a single share of common stock into a vast paper empire embracing timber, mineral and natural gas rights, publishing, and a brewery. At once a novel of epic comedy and a biting satire of the American dream, JR displays the style and extraordinary inventiveness that has made Gaddis one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

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