On books and writers : selected essays /
Matthew J. Bruccoli ; edited by John C. Unrue.
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
xxiv, 328 p.
157003902X (cloth : alk. paper), 9781570039027 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
157003902X (cloth : alk. paper)
9781570039027 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The collection begins with six essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald--an ideal starting point considering Bruccoli's status as the author's foremost scholar, collector, and advocate. From there the volume proceeds through thoughtfully organized sections on Bruccoli's other great interests: bibliography, publishing and publishers, bookmen, libraries and librarians, and a host of writers including Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, John O'Hara, and Raymond Chandler. Each piece resonates with the commanding wisdom, companionable wit, and cordial prose of its author. The book concludes with a comprehensive bibliography of Bruccoli's publications.Edited by John C. Unrue, Bruccoli's friend for some forty years, this collection takes readers inside the profession of literature in which Bruccoli held such great sway.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-05-14:
The legendary Bruccoli takes a hard look at American literature, writers and the profession of authorship, and books and collecting (whether privately or in libraries). He is curmudgeonly and courageous in his defense and criticism of that trinity in this gathering of 30 essays spanning almost 50 years. The late Bruccoli's greatest strength as a critic and biographer lay in his not writing for other scholars, unlike many of his clan. He believed that literature belonged to the people who read it and was too important to be left in the hands of academics, making these essays easily accessible to lay readers. The book leads with his pet subject, Scott Fitzgerald, on whom Bruccoli is the burning bush. Other authors scrutinized include Nathaniel Hawthorne, John O'Hara, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway. Bruccoli was a self-anointed "bookman," and here he salutes others of that faith: avid collectors, sellers, bibliographers, and librarians (he championed libraries and librarians and a section of this volume focuses on them). Being a bookman doesn't simply equate to a love of fine literature and the people who produce it. Bruccoli worshipped books; the physical object of ink on paper was cherished above all things. Verdict This sterling collection reaffirms that for his insights and the sheer depth of his research and breadth of knowledge of all facets of books and literature, Bruccoli was the best. All students and fans of American literature must read him; essential for lit collections.-Michael Rogers, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
As a writer, scholar, critic, teacher, bibliophile, and publisher, Matthew J. Bruccoli had immeasurable impact on American literary scholarship and history over the past half century. In his more than one hundred published books, Bruccoli demonstrated a rare model of scholarship based on tenacious research, passionate intensity, and encyclopedic knowledge of his subjects. He brought this same spirited mode of inquiry to his essays as well. On Books and Writers brings together thirty of Bruccoli's best short pieces from journals, anthologies, and other publications to illustrate in a single volume the remarkable range and enduring contributions of this accomplished man of letters.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
On Fitzgerald
The Man of Letters as Professionalp. 3
This Side of Paradise: Fitzgerald's Apprentice Novelp. 15
The Beautiful and Damned: A Warning Prophecyp. 22
The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald's Triumph of Genius and Craftp. 27
Tender Is the Night: From Concept to "The Author's Final Version"p. 39
The Love of the Last Tycoon: Preparation and Compositionp. 63
On Bibliography
What Bowers Wrought: An Assessment of the Center for Editions of American Authorsp. 83
Textual Variants in Sinclair Lewis's Babbittp. 91
Hidden Printings in Edith Wharton's The Childrenp. 97
A Mirror for Bibliographers: Duplicate Plates in Modern Printingp. 101
Concealed Printings in Hawthornep. 106
Notes on the Destruction of The Scarlet Letter Manuscriptp. 112
On Publishing and Publishers
Getting It Right: The Publishing Process and the Correction of Factual Errors-with Reference to The Great Gatsbyp. 117
The Profession of Authorship in Twenty-First-Century Americap. 132
What Maxwell Perkins Really Did for Look Homeward, Angelp. 145
On Bookmen
Debtsp. 157
Hawthorne as a Collector's Item, 1885-1924p. 167
George D. Smith and the Anglo-American Book Migrationp. 178
Bookman: Charles Elliot Frazer Clark, Jr., 1925-2001p. 189
On Libraries and Librarians
Mere Collectors' Itemsp. 199
Where They Belong: The Acquisition of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papersp. 205
John Cook Wylliep. 212
Research Libraries without Reference Booksp. 225
On Other Writers
"The Light of the World": Stan Ketchel as "My Sweet Christ"p. 231
Thomas Wolfe's "The Four Lost Men"p. 236
Out of Life: John O'Hara's Character Creationp. 247
Focus on Appointment in Samarra: The Importance of Knowing What You Are Talking Aboutp. 256
A Reopening of the By Love Possessed Casep. 263
Raymond Chandler and Hollywoodp. 269
Hemingway's Pursuit of Famep. 277
Publicationsp. 287
Indexp. 313
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