A Frolic of His Own Summary
A Frolic of His Own follows the legal entanglements of a plagiarized playwright, Oscar Crease, along with his quirky federal judge father, hapless girlfriend, Lily, controlling stepsister, Christina, overworked but affable corporate lawyer, brother-in-law, Harry, and assorted advocates, agents, artists and clergymen who are all looking out for their own best interests.
Oscar Crease is an independently wealthy college history teacher, who craves recognition. He discovers that the play he wrote over a decade ago, Once at Antietam, which was rejected for television, has been lifted to serve as the basis for a blockbuster Hollywood movie, The Blood in the Red, White and Blue. Reviews emphasize bad acting, spectacular battle scenes and sex. Oscar is affronted and determined to sue. He is also ready to sue his insurance company, rather than accept a No Fault settlement, after being run over by his own car. He's hospitalized and confined...
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William Gaddis Biographies (2)
4,633 words, approx. 16 pages
"William Gaddis was born in New York City in 1922. His earlier and only other published work, The Recognitions, appeared in 1955." That is the complete biographical note on the jacket of Gaddis's seco...
5,678 words, approx. 19 pages
For William Gaddis, writing novels entailed a quasi-religious seriousness, akin, in spirit, to a ceremony of consolation. His novels may appear different from one another on the surfaces; yet, they ea...
Essays & Analysis (11)
1,037 words, approx. 4 pages
[In the mixed review below, Kakutani relates the plot, themes, and narrative structure of A Frolic of His Own, concluding that "Gaddis's provocative vision of modern society is purchased...
1,655 words, approx. 6 pages
[Towers is an American novelist and educator. In the following highly favorable review of A Frolic of His Own, he praises the novel's humor, satire, and focus on language and the law, suggestin...
586 words, approx. 2 pages
[In the following review, Jones offers a negative appraisal of A Frolic of His Own, arguing that in this book Gaddis "hasn't met his own high standards" established with The Recog...
1,431 words, approx. 5 pages
[Kamine is a short story writer and film consultant. In the review below, he offers praise for A Frolic of His Own.]
William Gaddis stands alone. No other American novelist takes on the modernist chal...
1,511 words, approx. 6 pages
[In the following review, Dirda lauds the humorous aspects of A Frolic of His Own, calling the book "a superb comic novel."]
How is it that the greatest fiction of our century has been s...
3,225 words, approx. 11 pages
[Birkerts is an American critic and educator. In the following review, he discusses the plot and structure of A Frolic of His Own, noting the volume's relationship to Gaddis's previous w...
4,047 words, approx. 14 pages
[Raban is an English critic, educator, and editor. In the following review, he lauds Gaddis's characterizations, his focus on late twentieth-century life, and his use of dialogue, language, and...
1,086 words, approx. 4 pages
[In the excerpt below, Amdahl offers praise for A Frolic of His Own.]
Adventure! How may one avail oneself of it in a culture gone mad with comfort and dreams of safety? I think there are two broad av...
2,318 words, approx. 8 pages
[An American critic and educator, Moore is author and editor of several works on Gaddis. In the following highly laudatory review, he discusses the experience of reading A Frolic of His Own and questi...
2,553 words, approx. 9 pages
[Wood is an English-born critic, screenwriter, and educator. In the following review, he examines Gaddis's use of dialogue, wordplay, and humor in A Frolic of His Own.]
It's hard to thin...
2,254 words, approx. 8 pages
[In the following, Leader favorably reviews A Frolic of His Own.]
William Gaddis is now only obscure in one sense. At seventy-two, after long years of neglect, he has become a visible presence in Amer...
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