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A Frolic of His Own : A Novel

Gaddis, William

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ISBN 10: 0671669842 / ISBN 13: 9780671669843
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1994
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine/Fine copy protected by Brodart Archival Cover. National Book Award Winner 1994 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000444

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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.

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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.

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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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