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Color of Darkness
When Purdy had difficulty publishing his first short stories in American magazines, he privately published his first two books, Don't Call Me by My Right Name and Other Stories and 63: Dream Palace, in 1956. Purdy sent copies of these first two books to writers he thought highly of, including the English poet Dame Edith Sitwell. She enthusiastically recommended Purdy's wor ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published February 19th 1975 by Greenwood Press
(first published 1957)
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May 01, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This is Purdy's first published work, collecting two previous private publications and two new stories, and it serves as an appropriately harrowing introdution to his work. Purdy does not seek to please his readers with familiar situations, common characters, and easy reading. Rather, his work is distressing and painful and, for many of us, uncomfortably close to our own realities. Using an ironic combination of deliberate exaggeration and frank descriptions of shockingly real human behavior, th ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I'm glad I was patient with Mr. Purdy. I wasn't a big fan of the first book I read by him, and the stories in this collection started out painfully slow. After the first four I nearly put the book down, to be done with Purdy altogether. The stories seemed light, simple, and relationship-based with little tension. But the fifth story, "Why They Can't Tell You Why," about a ruthless mother, picked up the game. Subsequent stories gained a lot in intensity, loneliness, and ruin; kitchen conversation ...more
A little haunting. A little funny and drab. I can see why Purdy kind of gets forgotten and goes unnoticed. He's not big and loud. I really liked the way the first story, Color of Darkness, was written, it's definitely my favorite in the collection. The title story reminded me of Flannery O. ...more
Another very hard book to find (all the good ones are). Great intro by Tony Tanner and an extremely well-written, important yet witty and still controversial collection pertaining to the civil rights movement.
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.
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