Current & recent activities
as of 5.17

Steve’s new book, My Back Pages: Reviews and Essays (Zerogram Press), published in April, has already received two lengthy, favorable reviews, one by Julian Anderson in Fiction Writers Review, the other by Jeff Bursey in Numéro Cinqa.

Steve was also interviewed in connection with the book by Michael Silverblatt for his Bookworm radio program, available for listening online HERE.

My Back Pages cover
from the publisher

My Back Pages: Essays and Reviews

by Steven Moore
Before he embarked on his massive history of the novel, Steven Moore was best known as a tireless promoter of innovative fiction, mostly by way of hundreds of book reviews published from the late 1970s onward. Virtually all have been gathered for this collection, which offers a panoramic view of modern fiction, ranging from well-known authors like Barth and Pynchon to lesser-known but deserving ones, many published by small presses. Moore also reviews dozens of critical studies of this fiction, and takes some side trips into rock music and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The second half of the book reprints Moore’s best essays. Several deal with novelist William Gaddis — on whom Moore is considered the leading authority — and other writers associated with him (Chandler Brossard, Alan Ansen, David Markson, Sheri Martinelli), all of which have been updated for this collection. Others champion such writers as Alexander Theroux, Brigid Brophy, Edward Dahlberg, Carole Maso, W. M. Spackman, and Rikki Ducornet. Two essays deal with the late David Foster Wallace, whom Moore knew, and others treat such matters as book reviewing, postmodernism, the Beat movement, maximalism, gay literature, punctuation, nympholepsy, and the history of the novel.

A lengthy interview with Steven Moore by British critic Nicolas Tredell has just been published in The VP Annual, which also reprints an interview Steve conducted with novelist Rikki Ducornet in 1998. This interesting annual also includes essays by/about Gabriel Josipovici and Ronald Sukenick, as well as a new interview with Alexander Theroux. Available from:
Verbivoracious Press
Book Depository

Gaddis Expanded Edition

New chapters on Gaddis's later novels, and an updated introduction and conclusion, are in the new expanded edition of Steven Moore's book William Gaddis (Twayne1989), just published and now available in two formats at Wordery.

"In 1989, Steven Moore published the first scholarly study of all three of William Gaddis's novels and since then it has been generally regarded as the best book on this difficult but major writer's work. This revised and expanded edition includes new chapters on the novels Gaddis published after 1989, the National Book Award-winning A Frolic of His Own and the posthumous novella Agape Agape, along with updated introductory and concluding chapters." More at the Bloomsbury site.

The Novel, An Alternative History, 1600-1800 has won the Christian Gauss Prize of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for best book of literary scholarship or criticism of 2013: anouncement of finalists here.

Legible pdf of full review here
TLS Novel review

Steven MooreJane Smiley

Jane Smiley: A Conversation with Steven Moore
April 3, 2014
Moderated by Michael Byers, Director of the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. More info here...

Music & Literature interview The art magazine Music & Literature has a substantial interview on its web site by novelist and critic Jeff Bursey with "a tireless champion of maximalist and so-called “experimental” fiction," Steven Moore, nicely illustrated with photos from throughout his career..
Interview with Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly interviews Steven Moore about "the evolution of an amorphous artform" as shown in his The Novel: An Alternative History 1600-1800.
Interview with Porter Square Books

Another nice little interview with Steven Moore from Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass.
SM edits & annotates Gaddis Letters Steven Moore, the world's foremost William Gaddis expert, has selected letters from this major 20th-century American novelist, with meticulous headnotes and annotations that place each in the context of Gaddis's life and work -- The Letters of William Gaddis, coming in 2013, can be ordered in advance at The Book Depository, among other places.

Rare & Collectible:
from Steven Moore's
personal book collection are now available
in his online store at AbeBooks

SM reviews Portrait of a Novel

‘Portrait of a Novel’ looks at Henry James and the bridge to modernism -- a notable review of Michael Gorra's book on James' Portrait of a Lady.


The Novel Vol II

The saga continues...
Opening of Volume II
The Novel: An Alternative History: 1600-1800,
on Don Quixote,
at the College Hill Review.
Forthcoming August 2013...order it now at The Book Depository and other booksellers.




Volume 1 of
The Novel: An Alternative History
is out in paperback -- available

"You're unlikely to find a wittier, more ingenious, more compulsively readable novel this year," says Steven Moore in a Washington Post review of Daisy Buchanan's Daughter by Tom Carson, published by Paycock Press. Read more here...and more about the book here.


The novel is centuries older than we've been told
Steven Moore's longish post at The Guardian's Books Blog, on how he came to view the novel as having a very long history, and to write The Novel: An Alternative History, to demonstrate this..



Steven Moore's new book
The Novel: An Alternative History

is out, published by Continuum Books.

From the dust jacket description --
Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote (1605), but is coeval with civilization itself. After a pugnacious introduction, in which Moore defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, the book relaxes into a world tour of the premodern novel, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending in 16th-century China, with many exotic ports-of-call: Greek romances; Roman satires; medieval Sanskrit novels narrated by parrots; Byzantine erotic thrillers; 5000-page Arabian adventure novels; Icelandic sagas; delicate Persian novels in verse; Japanese war stories; even Mayan graphic novels. Throughout, Moore celebrates the innovators in fiction, tracing a continuum between these premodern experimentalists and their postmodern progeny.

Though Moore regards literary novels primarily as "performances" – authorial displays of style and technique – he does not neglect their value as cultural criticism. For the history of the novel is also the history of the rivalry between secular literature and sacred scripture. Indeed, Moore holds that the “secular scriptures” of literature provide a better guide to life than sacred scriptures (fictions of a different sort). Irreverent, iconoclastic, informative, entertaining— The Novel: An Alternative History is a landmark in literary criticism that will encourage readers to rethink the novel.

Albert Manguel review at the
Washington Post, August 22, 2010.

Interview focusing on The Novel
at Porter Square Books, June 9, 2010

Rain Taxi review by Scott Bryan Wilson,
in pdf format, Summer 2010 print edition

A review at Bomb magazine
by Justin McNeil, April 7, 2010.

Steven Moore interviewed by Splice Today online magazine about his penchant for big brainy novels, and other matters .


SM gets blogged re The Novel early on :
Eugene Lim's Reading Diary, 23 November 2008
"Independing scholar" Steven Moore is writing a history of the novel

Not current or, actually, recent: Steven Moore interviewed on Pynchon:
In 1997 Steven Moore was interviewed by CNN for a feature on Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. The video of the little feature can be viewed here, and the related story, which only quotes one of the video interviewees, and that one is not Steven Moore, is here: