Transatlantic Crossings

by Scott McLemee on April 15, 2007

My friend Scott Kaufman asked me to point you to the book event The Valve is hosting on Amanda Claybaugh’s The Novel of Purpose. He was even considerate enough to write this post for me — links and all! [Though, truth to tell, I did edit it a little bit. And the fact that I am saying as much in brackets shows that there are limits to how much control of the author function I will give up.– sm]

Miriam Burstein has already thrown her hat into the ring. And Scott [SEK, that is, not me-sm]* has written a briefer on the context in which Claybaugh’s book is, as we say in the [academico-litcrit] biz, “intervening.”

So if you find the 19th century, social reform, literary realism or the works of Dickens, Bronte, and Twain at all interesting, I [or we? something like that-sm] suggest you check it out.

* [this is kind of like “Temptation Inside Your Heart” on the “lost” Velvet Underground album which has a couple of tracks of Lou Reed commenting on the song and arguing with his own commentary: “I can talk to myself if I want to….”-sm]



Barry 04.15.07 at 11:18 pm

I checked, and there wasn’t a single *picture*, let alone any colorful, well-filled briefs. I’m afraid that this just won’t do at all.


Jeff Rubard 04.16.07 at 3:34 am

I’m pretty sure that’s Sterling Morrison provoking Reed.


aa 04.16.07 at 12:59 pm


John Emerson 04.16.07 at 2:27 pm

No one seemed interested in my idea that Artemus Ward influenced Joyce via Knut Hamsun. Cutting edge research is first ignored, etc., etc.,… until finally they say they knew it all along.


Uncle Kvetch 04.16.07 at 4:16 pm

You don’t look like Martha and the Vandellas!

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