Wednesday, April 22, 2009

RIP Jonathan Bayliss

With a literary ambition that rivaled James Joyce or David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Bayliss of Gloucester took on the big book, not once, but four times.

The first three of his quartet of novels about Gloucester add up to more than 2,300 pages, and he was putting the finishing touches on the fourth in recent months. That page count, however, may substantially exceed the number of readers who have attempted, let alone finished, his books of unconventional fiction.

The Boston Globe has a long obituary. Bayliss's Gloucester tetralogy can be found here—interesting to dip into, but a daunting task to think of tackling end to end.

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