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Letters: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Book Sales
Publication date August 1, 1981
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780399124259
ISBN-10 039912425X
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $2.98
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Summary
The letters of seven people, including a British gentlewoman who finds herself pregnant by her young American lover and a bachelor lawyer who enjoys incest on his final cruise in preparation for suicide, take readers on a journey through history
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual." Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.

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Hardcover
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from Book Sales (August 1, 1981)
9780399124259 | details & prices | List price $2.98
About: The letters of seven people, including a British gentlewoman who finds herself pregnant by her young American lover and a bachelor lawyer who enjoys incest on his final cruise in preparation for suicide, take readers on a journey through history
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Dalkey Archive Pr (September 1, 1994)
9781564780614 | details & prices | 772 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 2.40 lbs | List price $14.95
About: A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual.

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