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This work contends that formula critics - like the formula fiction they consider - can't tell a silk purse from a sow's ear. George Garrett can, and he isn't afraid to say so, even when his judgements aren't fashionable. "My Silk Purse and Yours" shows the combative Garrett taking on everything from New York's literary "star" system to the work of Kurt Vonnegut and John Barth. "I may be wrong," writes Garrett, "but you cannot convince me that I do not read more novels and story collections than the entire professional ...

My Silk Purse and Yours: The Publishing Scene and American Literary Art 1992, University of Missouri Press

ISBN-13: 9780826208668