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The Resource A frolic of his own : a novel, William Gaddis

A frolic of his own : a novel, William Gaddis

Label
A frolic of his own : a novel
Title
A frolic of his own
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
William Gaddis
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
With the publication of the Recognitions in 1955, William Gaddis was hailed as the American heir to James Joyce. His two subsequent novels, J R (winner of the National Book Award) and Carpenter's Gothic, have secured his position among America's foremost contemporary writers. Now A Frolic of His Own, his long-anticipated fourth novel, adds more luster to his reputation, as he takes on life in our litigious times. "Justice? - You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law." So begins this mercilessly funny, devastatingly accurate tale of lives caught up in the toils of the law. Oscar Crease, middle-aged college instructor, savant, and playwright, is suing a Hollywood producer for pirating his play Once at Antietam, based on his grandfather's experiences in the Civil War, and turning it into a gory blockbuster called The Blood in the Red White and Blue. Oscar's suit, and a host of others - which involve a dog trapped in an outdoor sculpture, wrongful death during a river baptism, a church versus a soft drink company, and even Oscar himself after he is run over by his own car - engulf all who surround him, from his freewheeling girlfriend to his well-to-do stepsister and her ill-fated husband (a partner in the white-shoe firm of Swyne & Dour), to his draconian, nonagenarian father, Federal Judge Thomas Crease, who has just wielded the long arm of the law to expel God (and Satan) from his courtroom. And down the tortuous path of depositions and decrees, suits and countersuits, the most lofty ideas of our culture - questions about the value of art, literature, and originality - will be wrung dry in the meticulous, often surreal logic and language of the law, leaving no party unscathed. Gaddis has created a whirlwind of a novel, which brilliantly reproduces the Tower of Babel in which we conduct our lives. In A Frolic of His Own we hear voices as they speak at and around one another: lawyers, family members, judges, rogues, hucksters, and desperate men (and women) looking for a buck. Above all these is Oscar's voice - the outraged cry of the new anachronism, the self-proclaimed "last civilized man" rendered frail before the behemoth of the law, the servant and warrior of the soul of our century: money
Summary
A satirically jaundiced view of modern law and justice chronicles the fortunes of Oscar Crease, a middle-aged college instructor and playwright, as he sues a Hollywood producer for pirating a play
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
National Book Award for Fiction, 1994.
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028650
Cataloging source
DLC
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1922-1998
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Gaddis, William
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • College teachers
  • Copyright
  • Dramatists
Target audience
adult
Label
A frolic of his own : a novel, William Gaddis
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28505092
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
586 p.
Isbn
9780671669843
Lccn
93026098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)28505092
Label
A frolic of his own : a novel, William Gaddis
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28505092
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
586 p.
Isbn
9780671669843
Lccn
93026098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)28505092

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