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Mickelsson's Ghosts

Gardiner, John

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ISBN 10: 0394504682 / ISBN 13: 9780394504681
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1982
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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590 pages. Cloth boards with silver titles. Dust jacket is unclipped, with slight rubbing. Slightly musty odor. .John Gardener newspaper clipping laid in. Record # 452050. Bookseller Inventory # 452050

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Title: Mickelsson's Ghosts

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements.

The final novel by John Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity.

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John Gardner (1933-1982) was one of the most provocative American novelists of his generation, garnering critical praise and a popular following for his fiction, including October Light, The Sunlight Dialogues, Grendel, and Mickelson's Ghost, as well as his criticism, the groundbreaking Moral Fiction, and his controversial The Art of Fiction, which has become a standard text in university writing classes around the country.

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