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Silence : lectures and writings

John Cage
Silence, John Cage's first book, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching. A landmark book in American arts and culture, Silence has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over half a million copies worldwide
Print Book, English, 1961
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Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn., 1961
xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
9780819560285, 0819560286
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