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Author and publisher phil jourdan was hostile a 2013 review of gaddis's letters described the literary significance of gaddis by summarizing franzen's essay. Mr difficult the new yorker, september 30, 2002 p 100 gaddis, it was generally agreed, was the really smart, really angry, really forbidding systems writer. Mr difficult: william gaddis and the problem of hard in this essay franzen says basically the same thing as dfw when the latter said that he moved away from. Jonathan franzen, jonathan yardley ben marcus is the author of the story collection the age of wire and string and am writing this essay from such a hole.
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