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Lish, Gordon

Works: 104 works in 236 publications in 4 languages and 5,727 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Epistolary fiction  Black humor  Interviews  Experimental fiction  Domestic fiction  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3562.I74, 813.54
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Peru : a novel by Gordon Lish( file )
20 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,055 libraries worldwide
Arguably Gordon Lish's masterpiece, Peru begins with its narrator announcing, "There is nothing which I will not tell you if I can think of it." Gradually, the story of a dark childhood secret–real or imagined–unfolds: in 1940, six-year-old Gordon murdered his harelipped rival, Steven Adinoff, in a Long Island sandbox . . . (unless he didn't). Peru's narrator weaves together strands of disconnected, mesmerizing trivia, resurrecting memories of the mundane suburban childhood that spawned a killing: the sense of tedium on an endless summer day; the squishy sounds of a hoe digging into flesh. Ambiguous, complex, inventive, and subversively comic, Peru is a compendium of unnerving observations about memory, violence, obsession, and the potential horror behind the facade of an ordinary life
Dear Mr. Capote : a novel by Gordon Lish( Book )
20 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 984 libraries worldwide
The secret life of our times: new fiction from Esquire by Gordon Lish( Book )
5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 474 libraries worldwide
What I know so far by Gordon Lish( Book )
11 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 328 libraries worldwide
Extravaganza by Gordon Lish( Book )
13 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 libraries worldwide
Two aging Yiddish comedians trade jokes with one another
Epigraph : a novel by Gordon Lish( Book )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 248 libraries worldwide
A series of letters written by a husband to the women volunteers who looked after his wife in her dying days. They begin as polite thank you notes, but gradually deteriorate into insults. A look at the anger, self-pity, even madness, that grief can engender
Arcade, or, How to write a novel : a novel by Gordon Lish( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
"A novel fails if everything is not annihilated by the writing of it. But what if the best the writer can do is get no better than himself bumped off? Could this be what they mean by plot? What's to be said of a novel produced to bring into being the assassin of the novelist? Mightn't the payoff, if anyone were to pay attention in earnest, come to account for a footnote in Lit 101? Lish's Arcade pleads to be read as the old college try for immortality at the university level. Apart from this, this book is empty, the pursuit of a blank, a smug admission of flawed booklessness."--Jacket
Mourner at the door : stories by Gordon Lish( Book )
8 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 217 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories by the author of "Dear Mr. Capote" and "Peru" captures the significance of the trivial details and everyday experiences that often add up to create the majority of an individual's memories
All our secrets are the same : new fiction from Esquire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
Zimzum : a novel by Gordon Lish( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and French and held by 204 libraries worldwide
Krupp's Lulu : stories by Gordon Lish( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
In his fifth collection of stories, Gordon Lish once again demonstrates his intelligence, passion, and gift for language. Through these pieces and the spaces within them, the reader learns what occupies the fictional Lish, and, in essence, everyone
The pleasure of influence : conversations with American male fiction writers by Rob Trucks( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
"In this collection of interviews, eleven of the most important American male fiction writers of our time - Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, National Book Award winner Charles Johnson, National Book Award nominees Thom Jones, Barry Hannah, and Stephen Dixon, as well as Russell Banks, Rick Moody, Chris Offutt, Stewart O'Nan, Steve Erickson, and Gordon Lish - candidly discuss the origin, process, and achievement of their own fiction. All of the writers in this collection are working with personal truths, particular to their experience, yet they operate within a defined referential tradition. The material is unmistakably their own, the way they tell the story is their own, but they are always mindful of the world that preceded them."--Jacket
My romance : a novel by Gordon Lish( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
Self-imitation of myself : stories by Gordon Lish( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
Forty stream-of-consciousness stories, unconnected and without structure, in which the author ruminates on anything that comes into his head. Experimental fiction
New sounds in American fiction by Gordon Lish( Book )
3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Ancient eyes by Mathew Rosenblum( file )
1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 55 libraries worldwide
Collected fictions by Gordon Lish( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
White Plains : pieces & witherlings by Gordon Lish( Book )
5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Goings : in thirteen sittings by Gordon Lish( Archival Material )
4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential editors of our era, Gordon Lish has quite simply changed the face of American literature. The stunning list of writers with whom he has worked closely includes Harold Brodkey, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Anne Carson, Cynthia Ozick, Raymond Carver, Will Eno, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel and many more. But it is in his own writing that his genius is made manifest. There, his quick wit and black humor are on full display, as well as a merciless intellect that skewers no one so thoroughly as, and more often than, a narrator most often known as "Gordon." In the stories in Goings, Lish wrestles with memory; self-knowledge (the lack and the impossibility thereof); friendship; mothers, sons and lovers. More than that, the language here is a collective paradigm of Lishian prose: a great writer's attempt to leap off the page
English grammar by Gordon Lish( Book )
6 editions published between 1964 and 1972 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Gordon Lish American journalist
Gordon Lish Amerikaans schrijver
Gordon Lish amerikansk författare
Gordon Lish amerikansk skribent
Gordon Lish écrivain américain
Gordon Lish periodista estadounidense
Gordon Lish scrittore statunitense
قوردون لیش
English (148)
French (6)
Spanish (3)
Italian (2)
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