November 5, 2009

Edwin Mullhouse

Booking Through Thursday's question this week is about biography/autobiography.

If you really like biographies or autobiographies than you might want to avoid this treasure of a novel. The full title is Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffry Cartwright by Steven Millhauser.

It's an amazing piece of fiction with soaring intellect, humor, and postmodern touches. Ok, maybe more than touches of postmodernism.

It's actually quite a wonderful depiction of childhood in the late 40s-early 50s but it is also a razor sharp satire of the biographical form. You'll never read another biography the same way again. And you'll learn more about writing than most creative writing classes out there.