The Case of the Persevering Maltese: Collected Essays

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2003 - Literary Collections - 332 pages
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A companion to The Human Country: New and collected Stories, this volume collects all of Harry Mathews's non-fiction, including an astonishing range of essays which discuss everything from complex literary and musical forms to the works of Lewis Carroll, Raymond Roussel, Italo Calvino, Joseph McElroy, George Perec and the OuLiPo. Throughout the collection, Mathews examines the relationship between form and literature in a lucid, intimate voice, arguing with erudition, grace and humour for the importance of artifice.

  

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Contents

For Prizewinners
3
Notes on the Threshold of a Book
21
The Monkey at the Wheel
27
Fearful Symmetries
55
The Case of the Persevering Maltese
67
In Quest of the Oulipo
85
The Pursuit of the Whole
91
La Camera Ardente
97
Outline of a Melancholic Geography with Georges Perec
123
The Bad Dreams of Carolus Ludovicus Dodgson
147
Les Merveilleux Nuages
151
An Introduction to Joseph McElroys Women and
175
Sex Real and Imaginary
213
Isidore Ducasse
223
A Valentine for Elena
239
Charity Begins at Home
255

Queen Story
103

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Harry Mathews has written over a dozen books, including the novels Cigarettes and Tlooth, along with his collected essays, The Case of the Persevering Maltese. Mathews is a member of the Oulipo -- France's longest-lived and most active literary group. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.

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