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From the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux: a first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades-long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both.
Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures on its list. Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book trade how to work an agent over lunch; how to swim with the literary sharks at the Frankfurt Book Fair; and, most important, how to nurse the fragile egos of the dazzling, volatile authors he adores.
But Paul s deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer: poet Ida Perkins, whose audacious verse and notorious private life have shaped America s contemporary literary landscape, and whose longtime publisher also her cousin and erstwhile lover happens to be Homer s biggest rival. And when Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secret one that will change all of their lives forever.
Studded with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, written with both satiric verve and openhearted nostalgia, "Muse"is a brilliant, haunting book about the beguiling interplay between life and art, and the eternal romance of literature."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 137 x 198 x 28mm | 363g
  • English
  • 0385353340
  • 9780385353342
  • 811,195

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"Jonathan Galassi has accomplished that most difficult of tasks, which is to write a lively and interesting novel about book publishing, many scenes of which brought back to me vividly what book publishing is (or used to be) like: larger than life figures (at any rate in their own minds), impossible authors, intense rivalry, and daily drama. It will explain to hoi polloi what book publishers do when they're not lunching, and to those in the industry it will present a fascinating roman-a-clef puzzle to solve." --Michael Korda, author of "Queenie "and "Another Life "
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About Jonathan Galassi

JONATHAN GALASSI is a lifelong veteran of the publishing world and the author of three collections of poetry, as well as translations of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. A former Guggenheim Fellow and poetry editor of "The Paris Review, "he also writes for "The New York Review of Books "and other publications. He lives in New York City.
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495 ratings
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4 18% (88)
3 35% (173)
2 26% (131)
1 13% (66)
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