Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke Kenneth Burke

ISBN: 9781574232011

Published: June 1st 2005

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416 pages


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Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke  by  Kenneth Burke

Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke by Kenneth Burke
June 1st 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 416 pages | ISBN: 9781574232011 | 9.56 Mb

Before he turned to criticism and became the American Coleridge, Kenneth Burke was a writer of fiction. His avant-garde short stories were unlike any others of the 1920s- indeed, stories even remotely like them would not come along for decades. NotMoreBefore he turned to criticism and became the American Coleridge, Kenneth Burke was a writer of fiction. His avant-garde short stories were unlike any others of the 1920s- indeed, stories even remotely like them would not come along for decades. Not for Burke the stripped-down language of Hemingway or the topical social satire of Fitzgerald- instead he was intent on constructing rhetorically gorgeous peopled essays that anticipated, by nearly half a century, the work of Calvino, Gass, and Nicholson Baker.

More precisely, Burke appropriated for modernism the forgotten formal modes-and the bawdy comic verve-of Tristram Shandy and Candide. His characters are thinkers, not doers- they lament, rejoice, beseech, admonish, aphorize, and inveigh in the manner of a Greenwich Village Samuel Johnson. Between the arias, as it were, they reveal something of themselves, their motives, and their moral predicaments.

Burkes sentences are so eventful, says Denis Donoghue, that the uneventfulness of the whole is a delusion. [His stories] are like the human body when it seems to be doing nothing ... but all the time the internal life is throbbing and buzzing, all the organs at full throttle.Here & Elsewhere collects, for the first time in one volume, all of Burkes fiction, most of it out of print since the 1960s.

The centerpiece is Towards a Better Life (1932), a series of grave, malicious epistles by John Neal, a worldly ascetic and philosophical dandy, addressed to his former friend Anthony, a rival for the affections of the alluring young Florence. Here too are twenty short stories, from the previously uncollected Parabolic Tale (1917) to Burkes late masterpiece The Anaesthetic Revelation of Herone Liddell (1957), as well as three prose exercises-mad riffs on old age, old isms, and old institutions.Here & Elsewhere shows, in the words of the TLS, what a man can do [in] the music of ideas.

Burkes stories take their stand on the last ditch: imagination, intensity, style.



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