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    Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (Hardback) By (author) Mark Ford, Foreword by John Ashbery

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    DescriptionRaymond Roussel, one of the most outlandishly compelling literary figures of modern times, died in mysterious circumstances at the age of fifty-six in 1933. The story Mark Ford tells about Roussel's life and work is at once captivating, heartbreaking, and almost beyond belief. Could even Proust or Nabokov have invented a character as strange and memorable as the exquisite dandy and graphomaniac this book brings to life?Roussel's poetry, novels, and plays influenced the work of many well-known writers and artists: Jean Cocteau found in him "genius in its pure state," while Salvador Dali, who died with a copy of Roussel's Impressions d'Afrique on his bedside table, believed him to be one of France's greatest writers ever. Edmond Rostand, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, Michel Foucault, and Alain Robbe-Grillet all testified to the power of his unique imagination.By any standards, Roussel led an extraordinary life. Tremendously wealthy, he took two world tours during which he hardly left his hotel rooms. He never wore his clothes more than twice, and generally avoided conversation because he dreaded that it might turn morbid. Ford, himself a poet, traces the evolution of Roussel's bizarre compositional methods and describes the idiosyncrasies of a life structured as obsessively as Roussel structured his writing."


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    Title
    Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Ford, Foreword by John Ashbery
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 227 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 557 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801438646
    ISBN 10: 0801438640
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC21: 848.91209
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    DC22: 848.91209, 848/.91209
    LC classification: PQ2635.O96168 Z628 2001, PQ2635.O96
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DSBH, DSC
    Illustrations note
    20
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 December 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "Mark Ford brings to bear on his subject not only his fine-tuned literary discrimination but an exceptional awareness of what the knowing reader can pleasurably absorb. The subject itself still regrettably obscure is a major one: the life and work of a writer both eccentric and sublime." Harry Mathews"