Monday, April 4

By the Sound - Edward Dorn (1965)

"... By the Sound was originally called Rites of Passage when it was published in 1965, and now it is re-issued with minor revisions and the new, less pretentious title. It is a novel surprisingly conventional in form for Edward Dorn who has since he wrote this book come to be known for his wildly imaginative and original, comic and philosophical, open-ended poem Gunslinger. ... One could look to The Country of the Pointed Firs and Winesburg, Ohio for its literary models. The title refers to Puget Sound in Washington state, and the main characters of the novel, the people who are given sympathy, are the marginal workers who live in that generally grey, misty and smudged land. ..."
David R. Godine