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Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

Charles Baxter

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ISBN 10: 155597256X / ISBN 13: 9781555972561
Published by Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by Baxter on the title-page. Bookseller Inventory # b11545

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Title: Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

Publisher: Graywolf Press, Saint Paul

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Looks at how political and historical events have shaped modern American fiction, and discusses narrative, characterization, and melodrama

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For fiction lovers, history and social commentary on the genre is a thought-provoking addition to reading. Novelist Charles Baxter's essays on contemporary fiction dissect the connections between life, values, and art with unerring and insightful precision. Baxter compares the dysfunction in contemporary fiction to the removal of the villain from politics. He decries the prostituting of epiphany as a commercial product that turns fiction into a pseudo-instruction manual, and he reveals the magic within Donald Barthelme's innovative prose, created with a generosity "almost unseen" in American letters. This is a powerful companion to Baxter's short story collections.

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