Augustus [Paperback]

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Author Author : Williams, John
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1590178211
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781590178218
Publisher Publisher : NYRB Classics
Pages Pages : 336
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100388578

WINNER OF THE 1973 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 
By the Author ofStoner

InAugustus, his third great novel, John Williams took  on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western inButcher’s Crossingand the campus novel inStoner.Augustusis the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.“The finest historical novel ever written by an American.” —The Washington Post

“[InAugustus] John Williams re-creates the Roman  Empire from the death of Julius Caesar to the last days  of Augustus, the machinations of the court, the Senate, and the people, from the sickly boy to the sickly man who almost dies during expeditions to what would seem to be the ruthless ruler. He uses an epistolary format, and in the end all these voices, like a collage, meld together around the main character . . . Read it in conjunction  with Robert Graves’s more flamboyantI, Claudiusand Marguerite Yourcenar’sMemoirs of Hadrian.” —Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation

“A novel of extraordinary range, yet of extraordinary minuteness, that manages never to sacrifice one quality for the other.” —Financial Times

“Williams has fashioned an always engaging, psychologically convincing work of fiction—a consistent and well-realized portrait.” —Thomas Lask,The New York Times

Readers of both Stoner and Butcher’s Crossing will here encounter an altogether new version of the John Williams they’ve come to know: l2

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