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Mulligan Stew (1979)
Gilbert Sorrentino

An avant garde novel, or a parody of one, presented in the form of a collection of letters, notes, papers and other writings. Includes Cardano's formula, plus a full length parody of a mathematics research paper.

Contributed by Dennis Perkinson

"I believe that it will eventually be recognized as a pivotal work (hence the high literary rating). Though I had not thought of it in terms of mathematical content. (Thank you!)"

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Ratings for Mulligan Stew:
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Mathematical Content:
2.17/5 (6 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.33/5 (6 votes)

TopicFictional Mathematics,

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