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The House of the Solitary Maggot

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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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Hypocrite Lecteur
Jun 28, 2016 Hypocrite Lecteur rated it liked it
"the color of a wolf's throat"
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Feb 15, 2016 Ross rated it liked it
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.
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Mar 01, 2009 Djrmel rated it really liked it
Three brothers (or maybe not), their mother (or maybe not) and their father (most likely yes) live lives that give new scope to the term dysfunctional. This is Southern Gothic gone mad. I loved it!
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Dec 14, 2010 Teapot rated it really liked it
I grew up in the house that this story was based on. The author's grandfather owned it when the author was a child. It was an interesting read from a unique perspective.
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Still working on this one.
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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.

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