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Matthews, Harry Cigarettes , London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987.

First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 1555840922 A contemporary novel, set in and around New York, about human relationships, love, perception, and misperception. Harry Mathews was born in New York. He moved to Europe in 1952. He has lived in Spain, Germany, Italy, and France. In 1956, Matthews first published some of his poetry. He was then associated with the "New York School of Poets;" along with John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler, he founded the review Locus Solus in 1961. Through his friendship with Georges Perec, he became a member of the Oulipo in 1972. The Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potientielle, "Workshop for Potential Literature") is a group of writers, logicians and mathematicians whose primary objective is the systematic and formal innovation of constraints in the production and adaptation of literature. They believe all literature from sonnets to detective novels is governed by constraints. By formulating new contraints, the Oulipo attempts to create new forms of literature. Matthews is the author of five novels: Cigarettes, The Conversions, Tlooth, The Journalist, and Singular Pleasures. He has also authored several collections of poetry, including Armenian Papers: Poems 1954-1984, Out of Bounds, and A Mid-Season Sky: Poems 1954-1991. In addition, Matthews has written several nonfiction books, including The Way Home, Selected Declarations of Dependence, The Orchard: A Rememberance of Georges Perec and 20 Lines a Day. (Book ref. 036156 )  £ 20.00

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