Re: EW and the American Canon
Posted by sam on August 19, 2004, 6:11 am, in reply to "EW and the American Canon"
When I asked Edward Whittemore for book title suggestions for worthwile reading,this is what he offered: 100 Years of Solitude, Auto da Fe, Gravity's Rainbow, and The SS Ungentine(unsure of the exact on the last title)|
: Kudos to your site! I was only recently
: introduced to the brilliance of Whittemore
: and now am seeking to dedicate my first
: profound endeavor-M.A. Thesis-in literary
: scholarship to popularizing EW in the
: contemporary American canon. Since the
: beginning of this year I have easily and
: fanatically plowed through the Quartet twice.
: Actually, the second trip through the novels
: was more of an archaeological dig. Your site
: has certainly been helpful, especially with
: discovering which authors and novels EW may
: have kept on his own bookshelf.
: While I commonly see references and
: comparisons to Robbins, which, to me, is
: something of an insult, Pynchon, though EW is
: less intellectually pompous, and Vonnegut, I
: wonder if you have any further insights to
: authors or novels that may have influenced
: EW? Garcia-Marquez? Faulkner?
: Finally, it seems that Stern's ideal Middle
: East is fashioned after EW's own idealistic
: vision of the Middle East. Since most, if not
: all, of EW's characters are forged from some
: actual historical individual, should I
: assume,then, that Stern was created from EW's
: interpretation of his own self?
: Again, I appreciate the site you have created
: and look forward to being a regular visitor.