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American Audacity

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/16/2018

American Audacity

In Defense of Literary Daring

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413102
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413119


In American Audacity one of the most gifted literary essayists of his generation defends stylistic boldness and intellectual daring in American letters.

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Over the last decade William Giraldi has established himself as a charismatic and uncompromising literary essayist. American Audacity gathers Giraldi's fierce and witty considerations of American writers and themes, including a never-before-published appreciation of James Baldwin and an introductory call to arms for twenty-first-century American literature. With deep seeing and enormous learning, Giraldi considers giants from the past (Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Harper Lee), some of our great living critics and novelists (Harold Bloom, Cynthia Ozick, Allan Gurganus, Elizabeth Spencer), and those cultural-literary themes that have concerned him as a novelist (bestselling books, the problem of Catholic fiction, and his viral essay on bibliophilia). Demanding that literature be urgent and audacious, this book is itself an act of intellectual and stylistic daring. At a time when literature is threatened by ceaseless electronic distraction, Giraldi reaffirms the pleasure and wisdom of literary values.


“In a wide-ranging and provocative collection of essays… novelist and memoirist Giraldi examines an array of American writers, praising those who successfully marry style and substance… [A] graceful case for the value of good writing.” —Publishers Weekly

“A gorgeous fury of language and sensibility, Giraldi’s indispensable paean to American literature clears the head and stimulates the nerves. He reminds us that the written word, when deployed with genius, is always dangerous, and he does so in dynamic prose that sparks and swishes like a downed power line.” —Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air

Author Bio

William Giraldi is the author of the of the memoir The Hero's Body, and critically hailed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, which is soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.