JR by William Gaddis

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A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody. Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, J R is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old—J R—who with boyish enthusiasm turns a few basic lessons in capitalist principles, coupled with a young boy’s lack of conscience, into a massive and exploitative paper empire. The result is one of the funniest and most disturbing stories ever told about the corruption of the American dream.

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The 1176th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 17th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  2. - 20th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  3. - 59th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  4. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)

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  • JR (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
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    663760
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    Year Published
    1993
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    1985
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    2001
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