By M. Wainwright

ISBN-10: 1137015985

ISBN-13: 9781137015983

ISBN-10: 1349341630

ISBN-13: 9781349341634

This ebook deals the 1st full-length learn of the chess buildings, motifs, and imagery in William Faulkner's Knight's Gambit . Wainwright seems on the value of chess as a literary equipment and examines the structural analogy drawn among the sport and linguistics by way of Ferdinand de Saussure.

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Both Faulkner and Malraux may command respect in France, he admits, but they are “popular mediocre writers” (214). Seventeen years later, the tension in Nabokov’s critical response to Faulkner’s work had not relaxed—if anything, it had tightened. ”10 Not hiding such views made Nabokov the target of retributive harangues, but these verbal rejoinders did nothing to blunt the opinions he voiced. “I frequently hear the distant whining of people who complain in print that I dislike the writers whom they venerate such as Faulkner, Mann, Camus, Dreiser, and of course Dostoyevski,” he told Martin Esslin in Montreux for The New York Times Book Review (1968).

In middle age, Faulkner was given to pleasant reminiscences about his days in the Vieux Carré, as his interview with Edward Kimbrough in 1951 testifies. “He lived in New Orleans in what he thinks were better days than these,” relates Kimbrough. “He misses that fabled New Orleans. It was slower, quieter in many ways, freer in other ways, and not yet a tourist center” (Lion 66). Stevens’s “portrayal after Paul Morphy, the champion from New Orleans,” asserts Marano, “adds historical depth to the figure of the lawyer-chess player” through a contextual dimension that retains “the tradition of the Southern gentry” (257).

Maelzel, having successfully toured continental Europe for twenty years, moved to America, where the automaton proved just as popular. Edgar Allan Poe, as Robert Wilcocks chronicles, saw Maelzel demonstrate “his Automaton at Richmond, Virginia, in December 1835 and January 1836” (162). “At the hour appointed for exhibition,” testifies Poe in “Maelzel’s Chess-Player” (1836), a curtain is withdrawn, or folding doors are thrown open, and the machine rolled to within about twelve feet of the nearest of the spectators, between whom and it (the machine) a rope is stretched.

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