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Augustus / John Williams ; introduction by Daniel Mendelsohn.

Williams, John, 1922-1994 author. (Author).
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Jefferson County Public Library - Madison AWARD NTL 1973 (Text) 39391006756900 Award - Fic Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781590178218
  • ISBN: 1590178211
  • Physical Description: xx, 305 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2014]

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General Note: Introduction copyrighted 2015.
Summary, etc.: "Winner of the 1973 National Book Award. In Augustus, the third of his great novels, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, a[n] historical novel set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire, whose greatness was matched by his brutality. To tell the story, Williams also turned to a genre, the epistolary novel, that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher's Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master. "[In Augustus,] 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. Read it in conjunction with Robert Graves's more flamboyant I, Claudius and Claudius the God, Hermann Broch's The Death of Virgil, and Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian."--Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation"-- Provided by publisher.
Awards Note: National Book Award, 1973
Subject: Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. > Fiction.
Rome > History > Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D. > Fiction.
Emperors > Fiction.
FICTION > Historical.
FICTION > Biographical.
FICTION > Literary.
Genre: Biographical fiction.

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