Inklings

Wolff, Geoffrey

Published by Random House, 1978
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New York. 1978. Random House. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 36. 191 pages. January 1978. hardcover. Jacket design by Overlook Communications. Signed by The Author. 0394493494. keywords:. inventory # 11227. FROM THE PUBLISHER - A novel of suspense, a comic entertainment, a plunge into the literary underworld, inklings is, as one of its advance readers has noted, ‘an adventure story of the mind.’ Its protagonist is Jupe, a once-esteemed literary critic with a ruinous sense of the absurd, a teacher yielding increasingly to malice, a loving husband and father, a tetchy man of middle years who has made of candor a deadly vice. Once his critical voice, directed at a flawed piece of prose, was tart, astringent and exact. But now his rue has overflowed, and his acid judgments disfigure not only the drivel and honorable work he’s sent to review, but lifelong friendships as well, Moreover, he seems to be losing his sight, and realizes that he is tearing apart his Marriage to his beautiful and plain-spoken wife. What’s really needling Jupe, however, is the fact that he can no longer repress an impulse in himself that he truly despises: he yearns to write his first novel, even though the critic in him knows that his book would be at least as false, overreaching and silly as those fictions he relentlessly savages. The early chapters of inklings depict a wonderfully daffy symposium of bogus intellectuals, a reception for an international congress of pen people where squalid motives and mistranslated words are everywhere on the loose, and a watering hole for scribblers and would-be celebrities where there is, in the spirit of such places, a fight. When the scene shifts to the menacing solitude of Jupe’s house on the Maine coast, the atmosphere darkens and deepens, and the novel’s shattering climax suggests that words can mortally wound, but cannot mend. inklings, Geoffrey Wolff’s third novel, is scrupulously plotted and designed, and its sharply observed cultural details are enhanced by the author’s verbal energy, precision and fundamental seriousness of purpose. GEOFFREY WOLFF was educated at Cambridge an at Princeton University, from which he was graduated summa cum laude in 1961. He has taught a Istanbul University, Middlebury College, Goddard College and Princeton, He is the literary critic of New Times and has been the book editor of the Washington Post and of Newsweek. Mr. Wolff’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Atlantic Monthly Press, American Scholar, Quest, New Republic, New Leader, MORE and many other periodicals. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has written two previous novels-BAD DEBTS and THE SIGHTSEER-as well as a biography of Harry Crosby, BLACK SUN. He lives with his wife and two sons in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. . Bookseller Inventory # 11227

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Title: Inklings
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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