Jul 27, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am
Novelist David Markson, who passed away in June, was a fan of the Strand Bookstore. Recently, the Strand started selling the author's heavily annotated personal library, which has been "scattered among the stacks." Alex Abramovich reports, while scooping up many of the treasures.
In school we learned that the English novel was born in the hands of Daniel Defoe and Samuel Richardson. In his new book, The Novel, Steven Moore, a longtime editor at Dalkey Archive Press, offers an alternate history, tracing the form back more than a thousand years. He finds that "Petronius's Satyricon ... [looks] like a Thomas Pynchon novel." Moore's book is hardly stodgy: its opening chapter is, among other things, a celebration of contemporary experimental literature and a rebuttal of an essay by Jonathan Franzen.
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