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Purdy, James 1914-2009

Works: 166 works in 715 publications in 9 languages and 25,891 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Drama  Novels  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Theatrical adaptations  Gay fiction  Domestic fiction  Musical fiction 
Roles: Author, Signer, Recipient, Artist
Classifications: PS3531.U426, 813.54
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Most widely held works about James Purdy
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Malcolm by James Purdy( Book )

35 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malcolm is a classic innocent, led from one protective personality to another in the search for his missing father. He becomes involved in a series of poignant and wildly comic adventures as he is taken under the wing of an astrologer, an undertaker, a jazz queen and other eccentric characters
The nephew by James Purdy( Book )

14 editions published between 1960 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reactions of many residents of a small Ohio town to the news that a local boy is missing in action in Korea
Eustace Chisholm and the works by James Purdy( Book )

58 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depiction of the strange world of a small group of Americans in Chicago during the depression
Color of darkness; eleven stories and a novella by James Purdy( Book )

10 editions published between 1957 and 1981 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How we live : contemporary life in contemporary fiction : an anthology by Penney Chapin Hills( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents "short stories, novellas, and self-contained excerpts from novels in such a way that we are given a comprehensive psychological-sociological account of our life and times."
Children is all by James Purdy( Book )

27 editions published between 1960 and 1972 in English and French and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten stories and two plays
In a shallow grave by James Purdy( Book )

46 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Driehoeksverhouding tussen mismaakte Vietnamveteraan, ongenaakbare vrouw en jonge man
Cabot Wright begins by James Purdy( Book )

9 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cabot Wright is a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and scion of a good family. He also happens to be the convicted rapist of nearly three hundred women. Bernie Gladhart is a naive used-car salesman from Chicago, who--spurred on by his ambitious wife--decides to travel to Brooklyn and write the Great American Novel about the recently paroled Cabot Wright. As Bernie tries to track down Wright in Brooklyn, he encounters a series of bizarre and Dickensian characters and sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events
Jeremy's version by James Purdy( Book )

33 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeremy's Vision is the first volume of Purdy's Sleepers in Moon-Crowded Valleys trilogy. It is Purdy's classic novel about a dysfunctional Midwestern family and the struggle between two great dynasties, particularly among the women who rule them
Mourners below by James Purdy( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De 17-jarige Duane Bledsoe, die in een kleine Amerikaanse stad woont samen met zijn vader, krijgt een relatie met de vriendin van zijn overleden broer. Tegelijkertijd groeit er een hechte vriendschap tussen Duane en een van zijn leraren
On glory's course by James Purdy( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Spanish and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het leven van een vrouw die op zoek is naar haar buitenechtelijke zoon, geschilderd tegen de achtergrond van een Amerikaans dorp in de jaren dertig
In the hollow of his hand by James Purdy( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his return from World War I, Decatur, a full-bloodied Ojibwa Indian, claims as his offspring the only son of one of the towns most prominent famalies. This sets in motion a chain of events that shake this small town to its foundation
I am Elijah Thrush by James Purdy( Book )

28 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bizarre klucht, waarin de jonge zwarte man Albert als een pion heen en weer wordt geschoven tussen de oude rijke Millicent De Frayne en haar grote liefde, de oude danser, dichter en schilder Elijah Trush, die haar blijft afwijzen. E.T. houdt slechts van zijn stomme kleinzoon, die hij 'Bird-of-Heaven' noemt
The candles of your eyes, and thirteen other stories by James Purdy( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Purdy's stories are contemporary fables of deep loneliness and almost mystical redemption--tragic, absurd, profound, unsettling, and completely unforgettable."
The house of the solitary maggot by James Purdy( Book )

16 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While she is visiting her father and stepmother in California, 15-year-old Alison learns her mother is a lesbian
Narrow rooms by James Purdy( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in English and German and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een ingewikkeld netwerk van vurige erotische passie tussen 4 jongemannen, die leidt tot moord op elkaar en het uitvoeren van opofferingsrituelen
Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue : a novel by James Purdy( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bourgeois mother's quest in 1930s Chicago to learn about her dead daughter, a bohemian artist with whom she never got on. The quest takes Carrie Kinsella through the shocking world of jazz, alcohol and sex--but also of her daughter's paintings--and she emerges from her journey filled with motherly pride
The Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These stories illuminate the common ground of gay male experience - as well as its astonishing diversity."--Jacket
The complete short stories of James Purdy by James Purdy( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The publication of The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy is a literary event that marks the first time all of James Purdy's short stories--fifty-six in number, including seven drawn from his unpublished archives--have been collected in a single volume. As prolific as he was unclassifiable, James Purdy was considered one of the greatest--and most underappreciated--writers in America in the latter half of the twentieth century. Championed by writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Gore Vidal, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Carl Van Vechten, John Cowper Powys, and Dorothy Parker, Purdy's vast body of work has heretofore been relegated to the avant-garde fringes of the American literary mainstream
Out with the stars : a novel by James Purdy( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and Spanish and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the discovery of an anonymous libretto, a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist-turned-photographer Cyril Vane
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Eustace Chisholm and the works
Eustace Chisholm and the worksIn a shallow graveJeremy's versionI am Elijah ThrushThe candles of your eyes, and thirteen other storiesThe house of the solitary maggotNarrow roomsGertrude of Stony Island Avenue : a novelOut with the stars : a novel
Alternative Names
James Purdy

James Purdy Amerikaans schrijver

James Purdy amerikansk poet och författare

James Purdy amerikansk poet og skribent

James Purdy écrivain américain

James Purdy escritor americano

James Purdy scrittore statunitense

James Purdy US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Парди, Джеймс

פאראדיי, ג'מס

פרדי, ג'מס

جیمز پوردی


パーディ, ジェイムズ


English (378)

French (19)

German (16)

Italian (15)

Dutch (10)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (4)

Chinese (1)

Turkish (1)