Muse A first novel at once hilarious and tender about the decades long rivalry between two publishing lions and the iconic alluring writer who has obsessed them both From the publisher of Farrar Strau

  • Title: Muse
  • Author: Jonathan Galassi
  • ISBN: 9780385353342
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both.From the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux a first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them bA first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both.From the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux a first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both.Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures on its list Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book trade how to work an agent over lunch how to swim with the literary sharks at the Frankfurt Book Fair and, most important, how to nurse the fragile egos of the dazzling, volatile authors he adores But Paul s deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer poet Ida Perkins, whose audacious verse and notorious private life have shaped America s contemporary literary landscape, and whose longtime publisher also her cousin and erstwhile lover happens to be Homer s biggest rival And when Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secret one that will change all of their lives forever Studded with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, written with both satiric verve and openhearted nostalgia, Muse is a brilliant, haunting book about the beguiling interplay between life and art, and the eternal romance of literature.

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    Jonathan Galassi

    Jonathan Galassi born 1949 in Seattle, Washington, is the President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the eight major publishers in New York He began his publishing career at Houghton Mifflin in Boston, moved to Random House in New York, and finally, to Farrar, Straus Giroux He joined FSG as executive editor in 1985, after being fired from Random House Two years later, he was named editor in chief, and is now President and Publisher.Galassi is also a translator of poetry and a poet himself He has translated and published the poetic works of the Italian poets Giacomo Leopardi and Eugenio Montale His honors as a poet include a 1989 Guggenheim Fellowship, and his activities include having been poetry editor for The Paris Review for ten years, and being an honorary chairman of the Academy of American Poets He has published poems in literary journals and magazines including Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, The Nation and the Poetry Foundation website.Galassi graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy where he became interested in poetry, writing and literature, and from Harvard College in 1971 He was a Marshall Scholar at Christ s College, Cambridge He realized while attending Christ s College that he wanted a career in book publishing Galassi was born in Seattle his father worked as an attorney for the Justice Department , but he grew up in Plympton, Massachusetts He lives in Brooklyn.

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    • Saleh MoonWalker

      (Feb 24, 2020 - 15:17 PM)

      Onvan : Muse - Nevisande : Jonathan Galassi - ISBN : 385353340 - ISBN13 : 9780385353342 - Dar 260 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2015

    • “It was not where or who you came from but what you did with your own grab bag of advantages and disadvantages that made you remarkable. He’d learned early on in his work that the real writers hadn’t gone to Yale or Oxford; they came from everywhere - or nowhere – and their determination to dig down, to matter, whatever the odds against them, was the only key to their succeeding”Muse is the first novel by American poet, translator and publisher of iconic Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jona [...]

    • Writing a critical word about anything having to do with anything even close to Jonathan Galassi feels like sacrilege to this publishing industry veteran let it suffice to say here that this book is a publishing geek's delight, and a common reader's disappointment. The inside-baseball goss about the business is delicious to those in the knowbut the book takes too long to get its (fascinating) plot going and this will be an irritation to the civilian reader.

    • Many of the poor notices given to MUSE allude to the boredom of it. It is true, it is boring. But while remaining an incontrovertible defect, this is surely one of its lesser offenses to good aesthetic judgment. Firstly, it is strange that an editor writes a book that is filled so uniformly with clichéd idioms. Opened to any page at random, MUSE yields up its bromides. Ladies men are 'handsome and charming', WASPs are 'card-carrying', a work experience is 'peaches and cream', poems are 'hypnoti [...]

    • "This is a love story. It's about the good old days, when men were men and women were women and books were books, with glued or even sewn bindings, cloth or paper covers with beautiful or not-so-beautiful jackets and a musty, dusty, wonderful smell; when books furnished many a room, and their contents, the magic words, their poetry and prose, were liquor, perfume, sex, and glory to their devotees. These loyal readers were never many but they were always engaged, always audible and visible, alive [...]

    • Unless you are an elder employee of a large publishing company or a highly published, wealthy author familiar with the history of the publishing industry, you will struggle to find an enjoyable aspect of this book until about 3/4 of the way through where the characters become more important than the author showing off his knowledge of the publishing industry, which admittedly, is extensive and intelligent, but snore-able.

    • I obtained this title free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jonathan Galassi knows what he's talking about. Muse turns the peculiar world of publishing inside-out, and presents a broad, hilarious, and unbelievably believable cast of characters for the reader's examination. This is the best part of the book; Galassi's portrait of the literati is at once poignant, irreverent, and scathingly funny. If you've ever wondered what the book business looks like from the inside, t [...]

    • Fernando Jimenez

      (Feb 24, 2020 - 15:17 PM)

      'Musa' es una novela en clave sobre el mundo de la edición independiente que no oculta sus miserias, un canto a una época que las grandes empresas de Internet acaban devorando al tiempo que se acaban sus páginas. Pero también es la historia de una fascinación por los escritores, por hacer colección de ellos a través de la publicación de sus obras. Y es Ida Vitale, oculta tras otro nombre, la que representa con su vida la historia literaria del siglo XX, quizás el último en el que se ha [...]

    • Un roman aux allures d'essai sur les coulisses du monde de l'édition new-yorkaise des années 50 à nos jours, qui regorge d'anecdotes caustiques et terriblement d'actualité. Ce roman n'est toutefois peut-être pas destiné à tous les lecteurs, mais à un public déjà aguerri, ou tout du moins que le sujet intéresse en détails. Peut-être les trop longs passages biographiques sur la poétesse Ida Perkins et les nombreux autres protagonistes du livre peuvent alourdir le récit, même s'ils [...]

    • I expected this take on the inner workings of the publishing industry, written by someone who has been on both sides of the fence, as a publisher and a poet, to be snarky and all-knowing. What I did not expect is how charming and delightful a novel it is. Muse is a love letter to the halcyon days of an industry where publishers were larger-than-life, and often more notorious than the authors they represented.I always read reviews prior to embarking on a new book, mainly to get a feel of what peo [...]

    • I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This novel seemed to me to be almost two books – the first 65%, which didn’t work for me in the slightest bit, and the last 35%, which worked incredibly well.For the first 65%, I felt as if I was Nick Carraway in “The Great Gatsby”. I was given access to a world populated by those with money and means. A literary world, full of allusions which I didn’t understand. I felt like a complete outsider to this world [...]

    • Conquistato dalla sinossi e dalla copertina, pensavo di aver centrato l'obiettivo, ma quando ho intravisto i giudizi su anobii, ho capito che anche stavolta mi ero fatto infinocchiare da delle lusinghe, da delle perline colorate. Iniziata la lettura tutto sembrava confermare questa ipotesi, tant'è che mi sono meravigliato di non averlo mollato, come faccio ultimamente con molti libri. Il fatto è che trattava di editoria ed era ben scritto, per quanto fosse un po' vacuo e votato al pettegolezzo [...]

    • Every poet (or every person with a poet's soul) who has even a hint of nostalgia for a poetry world that is almost gone by should read Jonathan Galassi's MUSE, a roman a clef novel about a young man in the publishing world and a poet of such fantastic renown she'd be Edna St. Vincent Millay (who read to audiences of thousands) AND Elizabeth Bishop, but with a reputation ratcheted up to, say, Meryl Streep. But much more warmly interesting is the young editor and narrator of the novel as he portra [...]

    • Me parece un libro fascinante. Es muy entretenido leer una novela sobre el mundo de la edición, reconocer nombres y situaciones míticas; en fin, espiar por una ventana que desde la distancia parece tan llena de misticismo y misterio. Sin embargo creo que se trata de un libro de poco interés para un público que no esté obsesionado o vinculado de algún modo con este universo. El "name dropping" es por momentos agotador y las anécdotas difícilmente tendrán un interés universal. En resumen [...]

    • For best results, start on page 85.You know how in the Bible there are chapters that spend sixty-five lines telling who begat whom? The first part of this book is like that. All you need to know is that Stern and Homer own two competing indie presses and both want to publish the fictional but fabulous Ida Perkins. Paul works for Homer but is friendly with Stern. He's also fascinated by Ida. I can't even describe how odd it is for me to have such a good book emerge after I nearly quit it three ti [...]

    • Fast read, almost lyrical prose. I felt like an outsider to a club for book lovers that I desperately wanted to belong to. Especially after the introduction. Pick me pick me!!! Although I never quite got inside as I had hoped I would with continued reading, I did feel the emotion that the author feels for books, poetry, and the fictionalized Ida, who I look forward to reading in 2020.

    • 2,5It was filled with unknown (to me) names and companies and trends and so on, that is probably the reason the better half of the book wasn't well understood by me but the last part of it was quite tragic and interesting and I was touched by Ida P's poetry - its' simplicity reminded me of Russian 19th century classics (like Pushkin).

    • If you are not as obsessed with books and the publishing industry as I am, you may not like this novel as much as I did. I loved the insight into publishing, and the muse behind the scenes. Galassi writes well.

    • I just don't know who the intended reader of this book was. It certainly wasn't me. There are lovely moments, but for me, they were only moments. Good writing and good poetry, but they didn't carry the story enough.

    • Didn't finish. This book seems to be the self involved musings of a publisher and poet trying to prove that he knows more than anyone about publishing and poets. I'm convinced but bored to tears. No thanks

    • Ugh. A long-winded, name-dropping inside joke for deep publishing insiders. Plot only emerges in the second half, and is interesting - a dude gets to publish a famous poet's last manuscript. But not enough to save this sleep-inducing novel.

    • Text Publishing

      (Feb 24, 2020 - 15:17 PM)

      Falling in love with a famous poet can be more trouble than it's worth.Apologies to the poets out there. Don't blame me. I'm just following Jonathan Galassi's thinking here.

    • Kristina Harper

      (Feb 24, 2020 - 15:17 PM)

      The first two or three chapters of Muse were tedious and difficult to get through, unless, I suspect, you are intimately involved in the publishing world or a serious student of poetry. I came close to putting it down unfinished. But in the end, I’m glad I stuck with it—things pick up when the personal stories of the characters are told, and the end is terrific.

    • There are very few books that I find so uninteresting that I can't finish it, but this book just made the list. I am not sure if it was the story itself, the style in which it was told or a combination of the two. But I couldn't connect with the characters o find a interest in the story line.

    • Definitely a slow starter, and I had to get used to the style, but I enjoyed the insider writing and publishing basis of the story's plot.

    • I feel bad about the low rating. The author clearly loves books and, especially, authors. I appreciate that. His gifts may lie in editing and publishing, not in crafting his own tale.

    • Just could not catch the story on this - 70 pages in and I definitely am not invested in the characters

    • (Audible; Morey, narrator). Much of this satire is too inside for the hoi polloi like me, but the chapter describing the Frankfurt Book Fair makes the book worth a listen.

    • If this had been a library book and not a gift, I'd have given up before page 10. The book improves near the end, but not enough to redeem it. I believe a good book should reel the reader in quickly and never let go.I mostly read literature. I'm a poet. I have a lot of experience in the powerless side of the publishing world, so a book called Muse about literary publishing called my name. Still I absolutely hated the first 80 or so pages for the same reasons I don't watch Mad Men. My mother stru [...]

    • Rebecca Wilkins

      (Feb 24, 2020 - 15:17 PM)

      This book got better the further into it but it was confusing. There were so many names and I never knew if they were real people, fictional people or fake names given to real people. I couldn't keep track of the time-line either. There is a little story here but more toward the end. I kept wondering if Ida Perkins was a real poet and then see in the back where it lists a bibliography that books written about her were done in 2020! This is 2016 so she must be fictional. I also couldn't believe o [...]

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