The Art of Excess: Mastery in Contemporary American Fiction

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University of Illinois Press, 1989 - Fiction - 245 pages
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'The Art of Excess' combines intensive literary scholarship and wide-ranging multidisciplinary though to restore the meaning of criticism - evaluation - to the study of recent American fiction.

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A Duke PhD in English, Tom LeClair was a National Book Award judge for fiction in 2005. He is the author of two books on contemporary American fiction ("In the Loop" and "The Art of Excess"), five novels ("Passing Off", "Well-Founded Fear", "Passing On", "The Liquidators", and "Passing Through"), and hundreds of essays and reviews in literary quarterlies such as the "Paris Review", "Witness", and "TriQuarterly", and in periodicals such as the "Atlantic", "Bookforum", the "Nation", the "New Republic", the "New York Times Book Review", the Barnes & Noble Review, and many others. He is also the coeditor, with Larry McCaffery, of "Anything Can Happen", a book of interviews with American novelists. For his criticism, he has received a Pushcart Prize and the Margaret Church award from Modern Fiction Studies. The Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati for many years, he is now a freelance writer living in New York City, where he is known as Professor Ping Pong.

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