Gilbert Sorrentino (1929-2006) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, literary critic, professor, and editor. He is the author of twenty books of fiction including Mulligan Stew, Steelwork, and Aberration of Starlight. He taught at Sarah Lawrence, Columbia University, the University of Scranton, and the New School for Social Research. Among his students were acclaimed novelists like Jeffrey Eugenides and Nicole Krauss.
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