This is the third edition of one of the finest comic novels to appear in the last half century, a book that has been compared with the very best of Flann O Brien, Angela Carter, and Witold Gombrowicz. Appearing first in 1974, Shamp of the City-Solo quickly became an underground sensation. This “fantasy” novel takes place in a dystopian parallel universe, a world set at an odd remove where the hero s hunger for fame displays its mythic origin. Hughbury Shamp is the reluctant teenager who becomes apprenticed to three “masters” at the West Poolesville Depot on the Sumpsky Prospect, across the River Sump from Big Yolk, the city-solo. His education proceeds through various misadventures with the likes of impresario Sergei Shipoff, Dr. Harry Analarge, and the World-Friar Tapsvine, all the while he is being propelled toward stardom as the breakfast speaker at the murderously competitive Arslevering Ox Roast. The writing is simply extraordinary a style that seems born of Lawrence Sterne and Djuna Barnes, with sidelong glances at Samuel Beckett s Watt, Marcus Aurelius, and the works of Sir Thomas Browne. With her very first novel, Jaimy Gordon managed that almost impossible feat: a novel of lasting consequence.
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Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, earned degrees from Antioch College and Brown University, and now teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and an Academy Institute Award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. With Peter Blickle, she has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German.Review:
Shamp of the City-Solo has rightly been called one of the more beautiful novels in the language...’ -- Allen H. Peacock, Boston Globe
It think it also wise, both under and on the surface...I begin to suspect it may be inexhaustible. -- Keith Waldrop, Margins
Something new in the great free-wheeling tradition of Petronius, Rabelais and Swift...and what could be better? --Hayden Carruth
To say Ms. Gordon is fertile with metaphor is to only hint at her abilities; examples burst with prolific abandon from every page... Gordon's novel remains foremost a comic triumph. --Aspect
When I first read this novel I thought it far ahead of most new writing. I feel the same upon a later reading. I'm struck by its originality, its loving cynicism, its irony, its poetic force. --William Goyen
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Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, Providence, 1974. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good +. First printing. Poet Gerald Stern's copy, inscribed by Gordon to him on the titlepage. First edition, 1974. Softcover, 139 pp., clean unmarked text, Very Good+ copy, , light soiling to the outer pages and the page-edges, a bit of rubbing and edgewear to the covers. Buchnummer des Verkäufers s00024754
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, 1974. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First printing of first edition. Flat SIGNED and Inscribed "To Jim and Sandra, Friends, love Jaimy, 9 September 1975." Unmarked, bright, crisp copy. Small discoloration on back cover. No dust jacket as issued. Carefully bubble wrapped and ships in sturdy box. Inscribed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 175
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, Providence, 1974. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good+. Illustrated by James Aitchison (illustrator). First Edition. 950 copies printed. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings by James Aitchison. Cover silk-screened by Adam Gordon. Not an ex-library copy. No remainder marks. No names or marks in the text. Most books shipped within 24 hours. All books mailed with Delivery Confirmation. The rear cover has three small areas of surface dirt and a portion of the fore edge has a partial crease. Very good + condition. ; Black-and-white drawings; 8vo.; 140 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37407
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, Providence, Rhode Island, 1974. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Softcover. Stated First Edition on the copyright page. First Printing as there are no other printings noted. Book is Very Good to Very Good +. Digital images available upon request. All boos shipped same day or next in a box with styrofoam peanuts. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 002321
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, Providence, 1974. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. James Aitchison (inscribed) (illustrator). First Edition. Near fine first edition soft cover. INSCRIBED by artist illustrator: James Aitchison. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 031665
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, 1974. Buchzustand: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0914232002-2-4
Buchbeschreibung Treacle Press, 1974. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0914232002