Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke, by Kenneth Burke

Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke, by Kenneth Burke

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The gorgeous, brilliant essay-stories of Kenneth Burke were unlike any other fiction of the 1920s. Not for him the stripped-down language of Hemingway or the topical satire of Fitzgerald; instead he constructed rhetorically gorgeous essay-stories that anticipated (by 40 years) the narrative techniques of Calvino, Gass, and Nicholson Baker.

Here & Elsewhere gathers, for the first time, all of Burke’s fiction: 23 short stories and Towards a Better Life, which Denis Donoghue calls “one of my favorite novels, full of sentences so luminous that I could be easily persuaded that style is everything.”

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism describes Kenneth Burke as “one of the most unorthodox, challenging, theoretically sophisticated American-born literary critics of the twentieth century.”