JR / William Gaddis ; with an introduction by Frederick R. Karl.
- New York : Penguin Books, c1993.
- Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Penguin twentieth-century classics
xxi, , 725 p. ; 21 cm.
- Capitalists and financiers -- Fiction.
Boys -- Fiction.
Capitalists and financiers.
- At the center of this hugely comic tale of "free enterprise" America stands JR--an eleven-year-old capitalist, eagerly following the example of the grasping world around him. Operating through pay phones and post-office money orders, JR inadvertently parlays a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue, and a single share of common stock into a vast paper empire embracing timber, mineral and natural gas rights, publishing, and a brewery. At once a novel of epic comedy and a biting satire of the American dream, JR displays the style and extraordinary inventiveness that has made Gaddis one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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