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Book Title: A Congress of Wonders|
The author of the book: Ed McClanahan
Edition: Counterpoint LLC
Date of issue: September 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9781887178563
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The size of the: 3.48 MB
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An immensely entertaining and very funny trio of stories set in the mythical Burdock County, where ten-year-old boys chew tobacco and swear like sailors and a certain two-nosed murderer seems to possess the power of voo-doo.
Rolling and raucous. Like the freak show described within its pages, this book is both innocent and threatening- full of maniacal glee. McClanahan himself seems to be some kind of strange creation; part Flannery O'Conner, part John Kennedy O'Toole, a grafting of Ken Kesey onto William Faulkner and any reader who likes any or all of these authors will probably find A Congress of Wonders impossible to put down.
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Read information about the authorEdward Poage McClanahan was born in Brooksville, Kentucky in 1932 to Edward Leroy and Jesse (Poage) McClanahan. He attended school there and later in nearby Maysville, Kentucky where the family relocated in 1948. McClanahan graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in English in 1955 and from the University of Kentucky in 1958 with a M.A. in English. McClanahan taught English at Oregon State University, 1958-1962.
He received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in 1962 and remained at Stanford University as E. H. Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing until 1972. During his time at Stanford, while also known by his hippie moniker "Captain Kentucky," McClanahan became good friends with author and fellow Stanford attendee Ken Kesey. McClanahan was an active member of Kesey's band of Merry Pranksters.
McClanahan currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his third wife, Hilda. He is active in Kentucky literary circles and can occasionally be seen, in full "Captain Kentucky" regalia, guest-lecturing to University of Kentucky creative writing workshops.
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