RARA-AVIS: Cassill revisited

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 02 Apr 2002

Thanks to Jack for mentioning the Cassill title WRITING FICTION. That is the also the book I read and reread. A paperback, I still have it somewhere. The other title (ON WRITING) was mentioned in the NY Times obit. They called it a "widely used" textbook which should have alerted me that it was different from the one I remembered.

One of his last novels (DR. COBB'S GAME, Geis 1970) is listed in Hubin along with the paperbacks he wrote in the 1950s. John Leonard reviewed it for the NY Times and said in part: "R.V. Cassill's fiction has always been unclassifiable, as omnivorous and idiosyncratic as Mailer's, examining the relations between public life and private obsession, between the institution and the individual, between--in this instance--power and sex."

He gave up writing fiction in 1985, explaining "I think it's a gift I've used up." I find that a remarkable self-assessment as few writers recognize that point when they reach it.

Richard Moore

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# majordomo@icomm.ca.  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/ .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 02 Apr 2002 EST