For over four decades, Gilbert Sorrenti has produced brilliant, penetrating essays and reviews, each one an uncompromising statement of what is good - and what is t - in literature and culture. Something Said collects in a single volume these definitive readings of such major twentieth-century invators as William Carlos Williams, Edward Dahlberg, Hubert Selby, John Hawkes, Flann O'Brien, William Gaddis, Italo Calvi, John Hawkes, and Robert Creeley, along with critical writings on film, pop culture, and visual art. Featuring seventy-two pieces in all, this new expanded edition includes twenty-five pieces written since the publication of the first edition in 1984, and demonstrates Sorrenti's concern for the craft of writing and the development of an American aesthetic.
Gilbert Sorrentino (1929-2006) is the most influential American novelist of the past forty years, and his work represents American fiction at its best and most daring. He was an editor for the literary magazines Neon and Kulcher, and later at Grove Press in the 1960s. He taught at Stanford University from 1982 to 1999. His novels include The Sky Changes, Steelwork, Aberration of Starlight, Mulligan Stew, and The Abyss of Human Illusion.