Stanley Elkin





Stanley Elkin


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
May 11, 1930

Died
May 31, 1995

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William Faulkner, Albert Camus, Saul Bellow, John Barth


Stanley Lawrence Elkin was a Jewish American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.

During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. Elkin's work revolves about American pop culture, which it portrays in innumerable darkly comic variations. Characters take full precedence over plot.

His language throughout is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters' endless patter. "He was like a jazz artist who would go off on riffs," said critic William Gass. In a review of G
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The Living End

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3.56 avg rating — 496 ratings — published 1979 — 16 editions
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The Magic Kingdom

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3.59 avg rating — 344 ratings — published 1985 — 16 editions
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The Franchiser

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4.02 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1976 — 12 editions
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The Dick Gibson Show

3.68 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 1971 — 13 editions
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Mrs. Ted Bliss

3.39 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 1995 — 12 editions
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Searches and Seizures

4.17 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1973 — 11 editions
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Criers & Kibitzers, Kibitze...

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A Bad Man

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Boswell: A Modern Comedy

3.91 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1964 — 13 editions
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George Mills

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3.85 avg rating — 100 ratings — published 1982 — 11 editions
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More books by Stanley Elkin…
“I don't believe less is more. I believe that more is more. I believe that less is less, fat fat, thin thin and enough is enough. ”
Stanley Elkin

“It’s like everything else. The price of Torahs is higher in Alaska.”
Stanley Elkin, The Rabbi of Lud

“Even the sky a hybrid — here clean and black and starred, there roiling with a brusque signature of cloud or piled in strata like folded linen or the interior of rock.”
Stanley Elkin

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