The Book

The Book

The first two copies arrived today. Feels like magic to have them in my hands and eyes.


About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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4 Responses to The Book

  1. flowerville says:

    congrats it really looks rather gorgeous with all those greys and the red. will be your next repetition to trace the travels of the mount sainte-victoire book? yes please? i read that yesterday and love it.


  2. Scott Abbott says:

    thanks. glad you like the look, as do i. i think nina pops, whose drawing that is, is a remarkable artist. the cover of the companion book, due out in september, will also be based on a work of hers.
    haven’t read saint-victoire for several years. i remember opening passages about goethe and colorblindness and the nunc stans and the later vicious Ranicki dog. and i once translated that short essay on walking on the mountainside that’s in the thukydides book. i’d love to go walking with zarko there. have you wandered that region?


  3. flowerville says:

    yes it’s great when you do the companionbook with a similar cover, that creates a fine visual coherence & connection.

    indeed. the nunc stans and also so many wonderful mentions of stifter.

    i loved the thukydides, but it’s so long since i read it, ought to read again if i can find it.
    haven’t been there, or in any of the places handke was walking or travelling.


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