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On the Backstretch

W. C. Bamberger

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ISBN 10: 1604890428 / ISBN 13: 9781604890426
Published by Livingston Press (AL), 2009
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Title: On the Backstretch

Publisher: Livingston Press (AL)

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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On the Backstretch fills in a blank in modern literary history. Set in 1930s England, this short novel tells the tale of the prison stay of Gulley Jimson, the William Blake-spouting artist and anti-hero who directly addresses the reader through Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth. In Cary's novel Jimson tells his friends (and readers) almost nothing of his months behind bars, and seems the same man he was before being sent away. On the Backstretch uses threads and hints from Cary's novel to propose that while Jimson remained an artist, a schemer and a reluctant advocate for his fellow man even behind bars, that he was indeed changed by his experience, and in telling this part of his history he gulls his readers into forming a unique and disturbing bond. On the Backstretch stands as a work in its own right, but those familiar with Cary's novel will read both in a different light.

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W.C. Bamberger is the author of five previous books of criticism and fiction, including, Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh: On the Arts of Don Van Vliet; the short story collection, A Jealousy for Aesop; and a novel, The Master Tanner Heads West. He is editor and publisher of Bamberger Books. He lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, with his daughter.

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