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Head of a Sad Angel: Stories, 1953-1966

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The stories are roughly in chronological order.
Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Black Sparrow Press
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Robert Beveridge
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Alfred Chester, Head of a Sad Angel: Stories 1953-1966, edited by Edward Field (Black Sparrow, 1990)

Alfred Chester is something along the lines of the godfather of what we now know as eighties literature. Warmer than Bukowski, more detached than Faulkner, closer to the point than Sherwood Anderson ever got, the novels pumped out thirty years later by such authors as Ellis and McInerney could have been tarred by the same brush, though Chester mixed a kind of hard-boiled romance with his stark rea
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Whoever coined the phrase "He's a piece of work" could have been thinking of Alfred Chester, a weirdo's weirdo who--before dying in Israeli exile--managed to alienate most if not all of his friends, including such luminaries as Paul Bowles, who Chester mistakenly thought was out to get him; Edward Field, the poet who edited this book and a collection of AC's reviews called LOOKING FOR GENET; and Susan Sontag, who appears as "Mary Monday" in the story "The Foot", which features some ...more
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Alfred Chester was born on September 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a family of Jewish-Russian immigrants. He received his B.A. at New York University in 1949 and completed some graduate study at Columbia University. In 1951, he left for Paris as other bohemian expatriates had done before him, most notably, Gertrude Stein.

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