How I Wrote Certain of My Books

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Bookslinger, Jan 1, 1977 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 71 pages
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Raymond Roussel (1877-1933), next-door neighbor of Marcel Proust, can be described without exaggeration as the most eccentric writer of the twentieth century. How I Wrote Certain of My Books is the key to his unearthly style; it is accompanied by selections from all his major works, translated by John Ashbery, Harry Mathews, and others.

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

Excellent prose poet with remarkable narrative strategies that enlarge the practice, and point to the future through both language, and his compulsive imaginative narrative. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Until I finally, resolutely abandoned Roussel's methods, I was unable to write so much as a thank you card without great difficulty. Now the hard part is mailing the card. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Eccentric writer Raymond Roussel was born in Paris, France in 1877. Although Roussel's works are very difficult to translate due to the complexity of their wordplay and his own attempts to translate them to the stage failed, he had a strong influence on a group of experimental Parisian writers known as OuLiPo, and on artists such as Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp. He died in Palermo, Italy in 1933.

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

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