The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 1981. John O'Brien, Paul Metcalf, Hubert Selby Jr., George Butterick, Eric Mottram.

The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 1981

ISBN: (ISSN)02760045
Elmwood Park, IL: John O'Brien, 1981. First Printing. Softcover. This second-ever issue of the venerable literary journal chiefly edited & published by John O'Brien is sub-titled the "Paul Metcalf / Hubert Selby, Jr. Number" & features interviews, essays & various appreciations of these two most important, daring writers. Paul Metcalf (1917-1999) was an acclaimed poet & prose writer with a most distinguished American literary pedigree- he was the great-grandson of Herman Melville. Among his influences was the great (physically & intellectually) Black Mountain-&-Beyond poet Charles Olson, who was in turn quite influenced & wrote about Melville. Hubert Selby Jr. (1928-2004) was the acclaimed author of such classics as Last Exit to Brooklyn, considered by some critics as "the last Beat novel"; & "Requiem for a Dream," both of which were made into notable film versions. Among the many important contributors who write about these two giants of American literature are the late George Butterick, a close associate of Olson who wrote a monumental study of Olson's Magnum Opus, The Maximus Poems ("Paul Metcalf and the Documentary Narrative"); & Eric Mottram, author of one of the earliest critical studies of William S. Burroughs' works, The Algebra of Need ("Free Like the Rest of Us: Violence and Despair in Hubert Selby's Novels"). Also with a review section of contemporary works including Douglas R. Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach; contemporary ads, etc. Large-format periodical in wrappers with front cover illustrations of Metcalf & Selby by Mary Russell. A very important rarity for scholars & collectors of these two iconic writers; & of this distinguished journal. In fine condition with only mild rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear & a few bumps, short creases & curlings to edges & corners of same; very light rubbing & sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny-to-small bumps & creases to corners of a few page leaves. Fine. [Item #3233]

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