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The Recognitions is the 1955 debut novel of US author William Gaddis. The novel was initially poorly received by critics. After Gaddis won a National Book Award in 1975 for his second novel, J R, his first work gradually received new and belated recognition as a masterpiece of American literature.In 2005, Time included The Recognitions in its list of "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".

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