JR (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)
Dalkey Archive Press, 9781564784339, 725pp.
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
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 more 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.