Selected Prose of Max JacobBook - 1991
This anthology displays Jacob's versatility, for he wrote in a dozen styles. The Story of King Kabul the First and Gawain the Kitchen-Boy is a fable populated by Balibridgians and Bouloulabassians. Excerpts from In Defense of Tartufe reveal the poet's mysticism and aestheticism. Those from The Flowering Plant offer brilliant social analysis behind a mask of the Absurd. Flim-Flam studies such characters as "The Lawyer Who Meant to Have Two Wives Instead of One" and "The Unmarried Teacher at the High School in Cherbourg." The Dullard Prince blends autobiography and fiction. Letters to Mrs. Goldencalf and other imaginary members of the bourgeoisie are taken from The Dark Ro om. Never before published, "The Maid" was inspired by a contemporary murder case. Also included here are portions of The Bouchaballe Property , Jacob's favorite of his own novels; entries from A Traveler's Notebook ; personal letters; and four religious meditations. For many English-language readers, Hesitant Fire will be in introduction to a writer who was an immediate precursor of Surrealism, who was a close friend of Picasso and Apollinaire, who converted to Catholicism but retained an intensely Jewish outlook, and who produced work that is still vivid nearly a half-century after his death.