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Jonathan Galassi’s fictional poet made me doubt my knowledge of American literature

Ida Perkins is alarmingly convincing as the unknown genius of 20th-century American poetry in Muse, Galassi’s lively fiction debut

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

Muse Jonathan Galassi

Cape, pp.272, £14.99, ISBN: 9780224102414

Jonathan Galassi is an American publisher, poet and translator. In his debut novel Muse, his passion for the ‘good old days’ of the publishing industry is palpable: a time when

books were books, with glued or even sewn bindings, cloth or paper covers, with beautiful or not-so-beautiful jackets and a musty, dusty, wonderful smell … their contents, the magic words, their poetry and prose, were liquor, perfume, sex, and glory to their devotees.

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