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Mickelsson's ghosts : a novel / John Gardner ; illustrated with photographs by Joel Gardner.

Author/Creator:
Gardner, John, 1933-1982.
Edition:
Uncorrected Proof
Publication:
New York : Knopf, 1982.
Format/Description:
Book
641 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Middle-aged men -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
Middle-aged men.
Teenage girls.
Pennsylvania.
Form/Genre:
Fiction.
Summary:
The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements. The final novel by Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity.
Local notes:
Book description attached to p.2 of cover.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2)
Penn Chronology:
1982
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
0394504682
9780394504681
OCLC:
923810319
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