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Letters of Introduction
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (244 pages)
(Pub. Mar 2004)
In Letters of Introduction Kevin Jackson invents a new genre, the Alphabet Essay, providing a playful A to Z of cultural heroes and legends, from William Blake to Marguerite Yourcenar, from Albion to Zen.
Here, Kevin Jackson promises, we will encounter not only the twelve invited guests at this alphabetical feast, but also 'at least a dozen z-words and z-names seldom if ever gathered together between the same covers: Zorn, Zodiac, Zoas, Zelter, Zarathustra, Zweig, Zurn, Ziegfield, 'Zweet Zurzday', Zurich...'
'This is the rare kind of book that you get fed up of quoting (there is so much) and simply end up buying for people. Carcanet should certainly be congratulated for publishing such a treasure trove and Jackson ordered by higher powers to keep producing books like it.'
Mark Thwaite, ReadySteadyBook.com 'A cabinet of curiosities in which every neatly lettered drawer reveals, reflected in a tiny mirror, the talking head of the prodigiously informed Kevin Jackson (or his smirking doppleganger, Dr Hannibal Lecter). Skeletal, perfectly formed lecturettes forge a secret biography of the author's obsessions: Blake, Dante, Freud. A mad Arcimboldo project with the answer to everything. Here is the antidote to all previous stocking-filling miscellanies. Buy one for all your friends and enemies. And welcome to the labyrinth.'
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