FOUND TEXT Photo courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis, Special Collections Library Born in 1922 to Edith and , Sr., in New York City, is revered as a preeminent postmodern/contemporary novelist whose literary career spanned over four decades. Up to his death in 1998, Gaddis continued to turn out work that offered a sharpwitted criticism of twentieth-century American culture, including five novels--The Recognitions (1955), JR (1975), Carpenter's Gothic (1985), A Frolic of His Own (1994) and the posthumously published Agape Agape (2002). While a student at Harvard, Gaddis was president of The Harvard Lampoon for two years (19431945). In 1945, he moved to Greenwich Village. To make money, he worked at The New Yorker as a fact-checker; and in his free time he read, socialized, traveled, wrote short pieces of fiction and worked on his first long fiction, The Recognitions. In New York he counted many of the soon-to-be-famous Beat Generation writers among his acquaintances, including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Anatole Broyard, Alan Ansen and his roommate, Chandler Brossard. Although he would not become a Beat writer himself, Gaddis influenced this group of authors: characters based on him appear not only in Brossard's Who Walk in
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 8, 2004
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