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Theory of Prose

written by Viktor Shklovskii

Dalkey Archive Press | ISBN 9780916583644

Paperback – 213 pages


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"Clearly there is a happy congruity between Shklovsky's insights and the modern consensus. His observations on various authors and techniques cause one to ponder. A random paragraph causes sudden illumination. This is not a manifesto but the incisive thoughts of a scholar in the quiet of his study. Dalkey Archive Press is to be thanked for making it available again." -- ZYX 9-92
"[The] essays published in Theory of Prose reveal why Shklovsky might have become the most important literary theorist of our century, had history taken a different course." -- Poetics Today
A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant apercus on every page. . . . Like an architect's blueprint, it lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction -- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
This 1929 book by one of the founding fathers of Russian formalism is one of the most important works in the history of literary theory -- Choice

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