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Mickelsson's ghosts : a novel

Author: John Gardner
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements. The final novel by Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gardner, John, 1933-1982.
Mickelsson's ghosts.
New York : Knopf, 1982
(OCoLC)559271156
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gardner
ISBN: 0394504682 9780394504681
OCLC Number: 7976018
Description: viii, 590 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: John Gardner ; illustrated with photographs by Joel Gardner.

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The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements. The final novel by Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity.

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