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Glyph, A Novel (SIGNED)

Everett, Percival

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ISBN 10: 1555972969 / ISBN 13: 9781555972967
Published by Graywolf Press, 1999
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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Jacket in new mylar protector. Jacket has a 1" by 2" stain on the unseen backside, but it is not apparent on the outside; looks otherwise like fine minus condition. Author's signature only on title page. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 048396

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Title: Glyph, A Novel (SIGNED)

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover with Dustjacket

Book Condition:Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Book Type: Book

About this title


With this wildly inventive new novel, Percival Everett has created his unlikeliest hero to date. Mute by choice, and able to read complex philosophical treatises and compose passable short stories while still in the crib, baby Ralph does not consider himself a genius-- because he is unable to drive. Plenty of others, however, want a stake in this precocious child prodigy. Among the most fiendish are Dr. Steimmel, the psychiatrist to whom his bewildered parents first take him, and her assistant Boris; Dr. Davis and her illegal chimps; and not-so-sweet Nanna, the secret agent. All have plans for Ralph, and no one wants to share the poor infant who misses his mother and does not take kindly to his new role as "Defense Stealth Operative." Throughout the ensuing nation-wide chase of which he is the center, Ralph ponders on the theories of literary form-- and comes to some surprising conclusions of his own that perhaps only a baby could dream up.

A narrative to question narrative, a highly original analysis of analysis, Everett's tour de farce prompts one to acknowledge that his is the true genius.

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Carol Muske-Dukes "Glyph is an answer-- and an antidote-- to not only what ails the Academy, but what ails a society without the self-knowledge to satirize itself. Percival Everett's infant genius protagonist vaults out of the playpen like Voltaire in flaming diapers-- to dispatch Theory's charlatans, kidnappers and con men in this brilliantly, wildly parodic romp. Deconstruct THIS!!!"

Terry McMillan "I think Percival Everett is a genius. I've been a fan since his first novel. He continues to amaze me with each novel-- as if he likes making 90 degree turns to see what's around the corner, and then over the edge. I think he has a following, but not large enough. He's a brilliant writer and so damn smart I envy him."

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