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The House of the Solitary Maggot
by James Purdy
The people of Prince's Crossing called him the old maggot. Not just because he was despicably rich, nor because he owned all their farms, or sired the wild young men who tore up the roads with their galloping horses—it was because they could not pronounce the word magnate, which Mr. Skegg assuredly was. Lady Bythewaite, his common-law wife, had a devouring love that filled ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Da Capo Press
(first published November 30th 1973)
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Meet Mr. Skegg, his common-law wife Lady Bythwaite, and their three “sons” of indeterminate parentage. The overpowering desires of these individuals for family, fame, fortune, freedom, fraternity, friendship, and flesh clash in this lurid novel spewed with blood and semen.
James Otis Purdy's "dark, often savagely comic fiction evoked a psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation." (NY Times obituary) He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays. His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal.More about James Purdy...