Title: A Frolic of His Own : A Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Near Fine/Fine copy protected by Brodart Archival Cover. National Book Award Winner 1994 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000444
Synopsis: 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. 35,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
Review: Perhaps William Gaddis' most accessible novel--though a dense and imposing book-- A Frolic of His Own is a masterful work that mocks the folly of a litigious society. The story centers around Oscar Crease, the grandson of a Confederate soldier who avoided a deadly battle by invoking a legal clause that allowed him to hire a substitute and who later became a Supreme Court judge. Oscar writes a play about his grandfather that goes unproduced yet appears as the story behind a big-budget Hollywood film. Oscar sues and is tossed into the vortex of litigation. Meanwhile, almost 20 other lawsuits of varying frivolity swirl about, adding to this satirical and philosophical treat, which won the National Book Award for 1994.
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