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A Frolic of His Own
WILLIAM GADDIS

A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
37 reviews (1994) (512p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist
National Book Award Winner
New York TimesĀ® Best Fiction Books

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Book Description
A dazzling fourth novel by the author of The Recognitions, Carpenter's Gothic, and JR uses his considerable powers of observation and satirical sensibilities to take on the American legal system. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.


Amazon.com Review
Perhaps William Gaddis' most accessible novel--though a dense and imposing book--A Frolic of His Own is a masterful work that mocks the folly of a litigious society. The story centers around Oscar Crease, the grandson of a Confederate soldier who avoided a deadly battle by invoking a legal clause that allowed him to hire a substitute and who later became a Supreme Court judge. Oscar writes a play about his grandfather that goes unproduced yet appears as the story behind a big-budget Hollywood film. Oscar sues and is tossed into the vortex of litigation. Meanwhile, almost 20 other lawsuits of varying frivolity swirl about, adding to this satirical and philosophical treat, which won the National Book Award for 1994.


Other Award Winning Books by William Gaddis
Carpenter's Gothic by William Gaddis
13 reviews (1985) (262p) (PF)
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JR by William Gaddis
21 reviews (1975) (752p) (NBA)
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William Gaddis Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 A Frolic of His Own ·  
National Book Award Wins 2 A Frolic of His Own · JR ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 A Frolic of His Own · JR ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 Carpenter's Gothic ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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