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Understanding Dave Eggers surveys the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century and is the first book-length study incorporating Eggerss novels, short-story collections, and film scripts. With a style aimed atMoreUnderstanding Dave Eggers surveys the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century and is the first book-length study incorporating Eggerss novels, short-story collections, and film scripts. With a style aimed at students and general readers alike, Timothy W. Galow offers a textual analysis that uniquely combines Eggerss early autobiographical works and the subject of celebrity as well as his later texts that deal with humanitarian issues.Galow devotes a chapter to each of Eggerss major works, from his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though his recent novel, A Hologram for the King, a National Book Award finalist about an aging American businessman chasing success in Saudi Arabia. Other chapters cover You Shall Know Our Velocity, What Is the What, and Zeitoun.Each chapter studies the major themes and styles of the featured work while also placing it in the context of Eggerss oeuvre. In this way Galow examines each text in its own right, but he also offers us a larger guide to all of Eggers work. Providing important historical background for understanding Eggerss literary work, Galow examines how Eggerss texts are deeply invested in both his own public persona and the changing cultural conditions in the United States over the past twenty years.Galows careful analysis is conveyed in clear language that engages issues important to contemporary critics without being pedantic or jargon laden. As a result Understanding Dave Eggers can serve as a useful introduction to the authors work or a valuable resource for the devoted reader.