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William Gaddis

(1922—1998)


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(1922–1998),

born in New York City, after four years at Harvard and much foreign travel published The Recognitions (1955), a long, elaborate, experimental, satirical novel with settings as diverse as the author's travels, treating a Yankee artist whose original talent is overwhelmed by his career as a copyist of old masters. His second novel, J R (1975, National Book Award), again a rich parodic treatment of hypocrisy and corruption, centers on an ambitious young man's success in business.

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