Paul Metcalf, Volume I, Volume 1; Volumes 1956-1976

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Coffee House Press, 1996 - United States - 1122 pages
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The comprehensive three-volume collection will bring together all of Metcalf's major work, most of it originally published in limited editions by small idealistic presses and now long out-of-print. Volume I includes the complete texts of his early, formative novel, Will West; his monumental breakthrough, Genoa; the quirky Patagoni; the lyrical Apalache; and perhaps his darkest book, The Middle Passage. --Coffee House Press. My excitement and pleasure is such that I would like to emphasize here my very great respect for Paul Metcalf's writing and the unique significance of its publication. Much like his great-grandfather, Herman Melville, Metcalf brings an extraordinary diversity of materials into the complex patterns of analogy and metaphor, to affect a common term altogether brilliant in its imagination. --Robert Creeley. Perhaps it is the fate of voices in advance of their time to be lost in their own. Such is the case with Metcalf. He has a style all his own, constantly and relentlessly renewing itself, utilizing primary source material, poetry, musical notation, and straight narrative. His seems a writing career that needed a certain obscurity in order to remain so boldly adventurous. --Publishers Weekly.

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Some remarks on "Genoa," which is one of the novels collected here. The book, "Genoa," is astonishing, among the most powerful modernist novels I've read. Ostensibly, it's a series of quotations from ... Read full review

Paul Metcalf, Volume I : Collected Works, Volume I: 1956-1976 (Metcalf, Paul Collected Works)

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Take obsessions with Melville, a physician on the outskirts of sanity, the struggle to comprehend a brother's crippling disease, Henry Ford, Coca-Cola, and the Incas in Peru, explorers' logs ... Read full review


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