Author of thirty-two books and editor or co-editor of nineteen others, GEORGE GARRETT recently retired from the University of Virginia after a forty-year teaching career. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; a Sewanee Review Fellowship in Poetry; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry; the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction; and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife of fifty years.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Everybody who has ever known George Garrett has been, in one way or another, his student. This book of meditations on the art and craft of writing is, simply, treasure, stored up over the years he has practiced that art or craft better than anyone else, bar none, has practiced. We are lucky to have it." --Richard Bausch
"Here is The Literary Life in all its contemporary reality, from glory to gurry, remembered and related by one of America's true men of letters, George Garrett, novelist, poet, essays, factotum of the Word. Going To See the Elephant should be required reading for everyone setting pen to paper." --Brendan Galvin
"No writer I've read is as good as George Garrett when it comes to showing both sides at the same instant. Fact and factoid, respect and derision, truth and falsehood, saint and sinner, art and dross, heads and tails, all show their bold faces in these stern yet cheerful pieces about literary triumphs and quasi-literary follies. There is much here for the younger writer trying to learn the way, but there is also plenty here for us to chew on who thought that we were veterans. Just wonderful." --Henry Taylor