The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

PHILIP SCHULTZ won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, Failure. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Paris Review, among other magazines. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Writers Studio in New York.


An extraordinary piece of writing. As in his earlier work Schultz uses the resources of fiction, verse, and reportage to create something at once novelistic and deliriously poetic. . . . It left me reeling.--James Lasdun
A masterpiece. It takes a mysterious combination of humility, bravery, curiosity and skill to try to comprehend massive evil, and to illustrate that effort . . . an extraordinary volume of poetry. I repeat. We have been given a masterpiece.--Barbara Berman
This dark, deep book, full of emotion and motion, points forward, thinking in new ways about the Holocaust and its aftermath.
I've never read anything that so brilliantly reaches beyond the efforts of mass extermination by the Nazis to the American onslaught in Vietnam--and makes poetry out of it.--Maxine Kumin
Profoundly lyrical, it is Schultz's great strength to create ugliness so profound as to reveal life's beauty. Reading it is to be swept in by its power. I am reminded of Rilke, who wrote that the artist, in order to see beauty must first see the horrible, that a single denial of the repulsive will force him out of the state of grace and make him utterly sinful. Philip Schultz lives forever in that state of grace. He has written a great book.--Grace Schulman
An ambitious, bracing book about large-scale suffering...and human compassion.--Will Schutt
Schultz has found a way not only to make these many narratives inform each other but to do so in the service of what becomes the lyric celebration of the possibility of love and beauty and heroic action in the face of ultimate darkness... What is so remarkable about this poem is its symphonic orchestration of conflicting tones--of outrage and anger, passion and compassion, guilt and longing; its pitch-perfect depiction of both ultimate horror and the possibilities for moral triumph and human connection.--Ronald L. Sharp