The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings

Version: Unabridged
Author: William Gaddis
Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Genres: Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: December 2018
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America's greatest novelists. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical writings. Here is a wide range of Gaddis's original essays. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4, '" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano, to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to "Old Foes with New Faces," an examination of the relationship between the writer and the problem of religion-this diverse collection displays the power of an autonomous literary intelligence in an age increasingly dominated by political and religious conservatism.

Author Details

Author Details

Gaddis, William

William Gaddis (1922-1998) was a master of the American novel who was frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Pynchon. Two of his novels, J R and A Frolic of His Own, won the National Book Award. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of a MacArthur Prize.