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Gilbert Sorrentino

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Father of Christopher Sorrentino

Gilbert Sorrentino was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, literary critic, and editor.In over twenty-five works of fiction and poetry, Sorrentino explored the comic and formal possibilities of language and literature. His insistence on the primacy of language and his forays into metafiction mark him as a postmodernist, but he is also known for his ear for American speech and his attention to the particularities of place, especially of his native Brooklyn.
Pack of Lies
   1. Odd Number (1985)
   2. Rose Theatre (1992)
   3. Misterioso (1992)
   The Sky Changes (1966)
   Steelwork (1970)
   The Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things (1971)
   White Sail (1977)
   Mulligan Stew (1979)
   Aberration of Starlight (1980)
   Crystal Vision (1981)
   Blue Pastoral (1983)
   Under the Shadow (1991)
   Splendide Hotel (1992)
   Red the Fiend (1995)
   Gold Fools (2000)
   Little Casino (2002)
   Lunar Follies (2005)
   A Strange Commonplace (2006)
   The Abyss of Human Illusion (2010)
   The Darkness Surrounds Us (poems) (1960)
   Black and White (poems) (1964)
   The Perfect Fiction (poems) (1968)
   Corrosive Sublimate (poems) (1971)
   The Orangery (poems) (1978)
   Selected poems 1958-1980 (poems) (1981)
   The Moon in Its Flight (2004)
   New and Selected Poems (poems) (2004)
Novellas and Short Stories
Plays show
Non fiction show
Gilbert Sorrentino recommends
Cigarettes (1987)
Harry Mathews
"CIGARETTES has the delicate yet rigorous architecture of latticework: if we concentrate on the light streaming through its apertures we are still attentive to its carpentry; if we focus on its geometry the light is, of needs, a constant presence. It is a triumph of the imagination"

Books containing stories by Gilbert Sorrentino
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1979)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Shannon Ravenel and Theodore Solotaroff

Award nominations
2003 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Little Casino
1981 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Aberration of Starlight

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