James Purdy


Born
in Hicksville, Ohio, The United States
July 17, 1914

Died
March 13, 2009

Genre

Influences
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville


James Otis Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009) was an American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and many collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and in 2013 his short stories were collected in The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy.
James 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, Doroth
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In a Shallow Grave

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Narrow Rooms

3.79 avg rating — 263 ratings — published 1978 — 12 editions
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Eustace Chisholm and the Works

3.97 avg rating — 362 ratings — published 1967 — 18 editions
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Malcolm: A Comic Novel

3.73 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 1959 — 23 editions
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The Complete Short Stories ...

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The Nephew

3.83 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1960 — 6 editions
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Cabot Wright Begins

3.77 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 1964 — 12 editions
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I am Elijah Thrush

3.85 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1972 — 6 editions
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Color of Darkness

4.20 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1957 — 14 editions
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63, Dream Palace: Selected ...

4.25 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1991 — 6 editions
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“In a competitive society, the thing people fear the most is love.”
James Purdy

“He stood there, his eyes like they had been before. Their beauty stabbed at her heart like a great knife; the hair looked so like she had just pressed the wet comb to it and perhaps put a little pomade on the sides; and the small face was clean and sad. Yet her arms somehow did not ache to hold him like her heart told her they should. Something too far away and too strong was between her and him; she only saw him as she had always seen resurrection pictures, hidden from us as in a wonderful mist that will not let us see our love complete.”
James Purdy, 63, Dream Palace: Selected Stories, 1956-1987

“Some people confess in the flesh, others on paper.”
James Purdy, Eustace Chisholm and the Works

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