Ticknor

Ticknor

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Baker & Taylor
On the eve of a visit to his intellectually prominent childhood friend, Boston bachelor George Ticknor reviews his life of petty humiliations in light of his friend's brilliant career, in a tale inspired by the real-life friendship between historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer. By the author of The Middle Stories.

McMillan Palgrave
“A small masterpiece” (National Post)—An utterly original first novel from a rising international star

On a cold, rainy night, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. Reviewing a life of petty humiliations, and his friend’s brilliant career, Ticknor sets out for the dinner party—a party at which he’d just as soon never arrive.

Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study in resentment. It recalls such modern masterpieces of obsession as Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser and Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine and announces the arrival of a charming and original novelist, one whose stories have already earned her a passionate international following.


“A perceptive act of ventriloquism, [Ticknor] rewards thought and rereading, and offers a finely cadenced voice, intelligence and . . . moody beauty.” —Catherine Bush, The Globe and Mail

“Confoundedly strange [and] fascinating.” —Nicholas Dinka, Quill & Quire


Holtzbrinck
“A small masterpiece” (National Post)—An utterly original first novel from a rising international star

On a cold, rainy night, in a long-ago Boston of the mind, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. Wounded and shy, Ticknor reviews his life of petty humiliations, and his friend’s brilliant career, as he sets out reluctantly for the dinner party—a party at which he never arrives.

Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Sheila Heti’s Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study in sexual and professional resentment. It recalls such modern masterpieces of obsession as Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser and Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine. It is the “charming and funny” first novel by a “stylish genius” (National Post) whose stories (published in the United States by McSweeney’s and translated into four languages) have already earned her a passionate international following.

“A perceptive act of ventriloquism, [Ticknor] rewards thought and rereading, and offers a finely cadenced voice, intelligence and . . . moody beauty.” —Catherine Bush, The Globe and Mail

“Confoundedly strange [and] fascinating.” —Nicholas Dinka, Quill & Quire


Blackwell North Amer
On a cold, rainy night, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. Comparing his own life of petty humiliations, and his friend's brilliant career, Ticknor sets out for the Prescotts' dinner party - a party at which he'd just as soon never arrive.
Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study in resentment.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780374277543
0374277540
Branch Call Number: Fiction Heti
Characteristics: 119 p. ; 22 cm

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