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The Art of Excess: Mastery in Contemporary American Fiction Paperback – May 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0252061028 ISBN-10: 0252061020 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252061020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252061028
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,801,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom LeClair is the co-editor of a book of interviews with American novelists (with Larry McCaffery) entitled Anything Can Happen. He is the author of two critical studies of contemporary American fiction: In the Loop (about Don DeLillo) and The Art of Excess (on master novels of the 1970s and 80s), both published by the University of Illinois Press. He has published five novels with small presses: Passing Off, Well-Founded Fear, Passing On, The Liquidators, and Passing Through. His short fiction has appeared in Witness, Fiction International, Cross-Connect, and Aethlon. LeClair is the author of over 200 essays and reviews of new fiction in Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Book Magazine, Barnes and Noble Review, American Book Review, Electronic Book Review, and many other periodicals. His interviews have appeared in the Paris Review, The New Republic, Chicago Review, and Contemporary Literature. He is the proprietor of the website www.terminaltours.com, which is a fictional extension of the novels in his "Passing" trilogy. First chapters of the books in that trilogy can be found at terminal tours. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati, lives in Brooklyn, and can be contacted at thomas.leclair@uc.edu.

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dave on August 15, 2013
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You have to be really into literary criticism to enjoy this book, otherwise, it is overwrought and, ironically, excessive drivel. Some academic types may like this. I'm willing to send you mine for the cost of postage.
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