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Nicholson Baker
The Anthologist
 
 
Author
Nicholson Baker.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781416572442
Pages/Publication Date 243/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13932
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The National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Double Fold here offers a brilliant take on what many would say is an impossible subject: a novel about poetry. The anthologist of the title is Paul Chowder, an occasionally published poet who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry—or, more honestly, not writing it. What emerges is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about poetry itself: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke, Bogan, Merwin) and even the staff of The New Yorker, Chowder's poetic encounters reveal how vital poetry is to our lives. At the same time, he barely manages to realize all of this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and inspired novel.

"[Nicholson] Baker's best novel to date.... You'll laugh, you'll howl, you might even recite. You will learn useful stuff.... Chowder is not just one of Baker's great inventions ...[he] is instantly unforgettable, one of the most concretely realised voices in modern American fiction.... Every so often the culture produces a writer such as Nicholson Baker, whose every page and every line is inked with a wicked yen for the mischief of lingo."—Financial Times (London)

 
 
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