Gunslinger by Edward DornGunslinger by Edward Dorn


byEdward DornForeword byMarjorie Perloff

Paperback | September 7, 2018

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Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

"Gunslinger is a fundamental American masterpiece."---Thomas McGuane

This fiftieth anniversary edition commemorates Edward Dorn’s masterpiece,Gunslinger, a comic, anti-epic critique of American capitalism that still resonates today. Set in the American West, the Gunslinger, his talking horse Claude Lévi-Strauss, a saloon madam named Lil, and the narrator called “I” set out in search of the billionaire Howard Hughes. As they travel along the Rio Grande to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and finally on to Colorado, they are joined by a whole host of colorful characters: Dr. Jean Flamboyant, Kool Everything, and Taco Desoxin and his partner Tonto Pronto. During their adventures and hijinks, as captured in Dorn’s multilayered, absurd, and postmodern voice, they joke and smoke their way through debates about the meaning of existence. Put simply, Gunslinger is an American classic.

In a new foreword Marjorie Perloff discusses Gunslingers continued relevance to contemporary politics. This new edition also includes a critical essay by Michael Davidson and Charles Olson’s idiosyncratic “Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn,” which he wrote to provide guidance for Dorns study of, and writing about, the American West.
Edward Dorn (1929–1999) was one of the original voices of his generation. Often associated with the Black Mountain poets, Dorn was the author of more than forty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Title:GunslingerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2018Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1478000856

ISBN - 13:9781478000853


Table of Contents

Foreword. On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Ed Dorns Gunslinger / Marjorie Perloff viii
Introduction / Marjorie Perloff xiii
Gunslinger / Edward Dorn
Book I 1
Book II 43
The Cycle 87
Book III 111
Book IIII 143
To Eliminate the Draw: Edward Dorns Gunslinger / Michael Davidson 203
A Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn / Charles Olson

Editorial Reviews

“An essential piece of American literature, already, and the further we descend into an age of circuses without bread, the more poignant will be our Slinger’s aim on the true heart of the West.”