Tatlin! Six Stories. By Guy Davenport. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1974.
- The Aeroplanes at Brescia
- The Dawn in Erewhon
Acknowledgement (verso title page):
"Of these stories,
- 'The Aeroplanes at Brescia' and 'Robot' first appeared in The Hudson Review, to whose editors I am grateful for permission to reprint.
- 'Robot' has also appeared in Martha Foley's Best Short Stories of 1973 and O. Henry Prize Stories, 1974.
- 'The Aeroplanes at Brescia' follows Franz Kafka's and Max Brod's account of an event.
- 'Tatlin!' is indebted to Camilla Gray's pioneer work, The Great Experiment: Russian Art 1863-1922.
- Parts of 'The Dawn in Erewhon' are excerpts translated from Adriaan van Hovendaal's Het Erewhonisch Schetsboek and Higgs Reisen in Erewhonland."
Dedication: "Ralph Eugene Meatyard 1925 -- 1972"
Photograph of GD is by Steven Diamant. (dust jacket, rear inner fold)
"Front Jacket: The Face of the Moon, "painted from nature" by John Russell, c. 1795. Birmingham [UK], The City Museum and Art Gallery." (dust jacket, rear inner fold))
Note: 'The Dawn in Erewhon' is also the title of a Wyndham Lewis painting. This title alludes also to Samuel Butler's Erewhon and to Charles Montagu Doughty's The Dawn in Britain, both books mentioned often by GD in his classes.
Note: GD in conversation (late summer 1974) said that the Danish National Library (Det Kongelige Bibliothek?) had received enquiries about books by an author named Adriaan van Hovendaal.
Note: The Fourieriste escapes of Adriaan, Kaatje, Bruno, et al. are continued in "The Death of Picasso: Het Erewhonisch Schetboek: Germinal, Floréal, Prairial 1973" first published in The Kenyon Review (new series, 2:1, Winter 1980, pp. 40-58) and included in Eclogues (1980), pp. 13-34.
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