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Experimentation And Versatility : The Early Novels And Short Fiction Of Fred Chappell

By author: Casey Clabough
Product Code: H681
ISBN: 9780865549456
Product Format: Hardback
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Experimentation and Versatility considers Chappell’s first four novels and his short fiction—the novels chronologically and the short stories thematically—in order to demonstrate the unique range and importance of his fictional prose. Rather than inserting Chappell’s fictional variables into a single theoretical formula, Clabough traces and celebrates their various and multifaceted excursions into genres as disparate as Appalachian pastoralism and experimental science fiction. Containing both an interview with Chappell and a previously unpublished short story, Experimentation and Versatility also offers new primary sources on Chappell’s work, even as it contextualizes him as one of our most exciting and multi-talented contemporary writers. Investigating the complexities of Chappell’s work, Clabough’s study offers new ways of considering Chappell, who has been characterized variously as a Appalachian, Southern, and fantasy writer. However, as Clabough demonstrates, he is, in fact, all and none of these things—a writer of immense gifts constantly reinventing himself through his experiments in seemingly disparate genres.
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