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Purdy, James 1914-2009

Works: 155 works in 793 publications in 9 languages and 26,250 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Theatrical adaptations  Domestic fiction  Musical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Signer, Recipient, Artist
Classifications: PS3531.U426, 813.54
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Most widely held works by James Purdy
Color of darkness; eleven stories and a novella by James Purdy( Book )

62 editions published between 1956 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malcolm by James Purdy( Book )

34 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,157 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 )

74 editions published between 1960 and 1992 in 5 languages and held by 1,144 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 )

63 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depiction of the strange world of a small group of Americans in Chicago during the depression
Cabot Wright begins by James Purdy( Book )

42 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 933 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
In a shallow grave by James Purdy( Book )

45 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Driehoeksverhouding tussen mismaakte Vietnamveteraan, ongenaakbare vrouw en jonge man
Children is all by James Purdy( Book )

26 editions published between 1960 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten stories and two plays
Jeremy's version by James Purdy( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in English and held by 752 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 676 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 )

21 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 )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 544 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
The candles of your eyes, and thirteen other stories by James Purdy( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 537 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 )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De teloorgang van een Amerikaanse grootgrondbezittersfamilie waarvan de leden elkaar met geweld proberen te overheersen
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

De onderlinge verhouding van vier jongens in een afgelegen bergdorp, waarvan er een over hypnotische gaven zou beschikken
Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue : a novel by James Purdy( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 493 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
I am Elijah Thrush by James Purdy( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 482 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 Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is an anthology of stories that, in the words of its co-editor David Leavitt, "illuminate the experience of love between men, explore the nature of homosexual identity, or investigate the kinds of relationships gay men have with each other, with their friends, and with their families." It is not a collection of stories written exclusively by gay authors; indeed, readers may be surprised to discover that some of their favorite women writers and straight male writers have also explored the territory. What the stories do share is a refusal to ghettoize gay men as denizens of the gay nocturnal subculture. The men in these stories live very much in the world; their sexuality, though an important aspect of their lives, doesn't singularly define them." "The thirty-nine stories brought together here suggest the ways in which gay experience has - and hasn't - changed over the course of this century, starting with the tender, unarticulated longings of two boys swimming in D.H. Lawrence's "A Poem of Friendship" and ending with the explicit sexual interaction of two boys in a bathtub in A.M. Homes's "The Whiz Kids." In between there is every imaginable kind of gay story, as offered by well-known authors and by those less familiar to the devotees of the genre. There is wry humor in Barbara Pym's clever manipulation of romantic convention; painful accounts of discovery in Larry Kramer's "Mrs. Tefillin"; the consolation of age in Edmund White's "Reprise"; and in Randall Kenan's "Run, Mourner, Run," the breaking of both racial and sexual taboos. The anthology also encompasses a richly diverse subcategory of stories inspired by AIDS, from such writers as Allen Barnett, Michael Cunningham, Stephen Greco, Dennis McFarland, and Peter Wells: stories that explore not only the tragedy of the epidemic but also the triumphs, even the erotic possibilities, that have been generated in its wake."
The complete short stories of James Purdy by James Purdy( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 400 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 )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and Spanish and held by 342 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
Garments the living wear by James Purdy( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman fra New York i 1980'erne med byens mange forskellige mennesker, rige og fattige, kriminelle og superreligiøse og mange andre
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Audience level: 0.38 (from 0.23 for The fiftie ... to 0.89 for James Purd ...)

Eustace Chisholm and the works
Alternative Names
James Purdy Amerikaans schrijver

James Purdy amerikansk poet och författare

James Purdy amerikansk poet og skribent

James Purdy écrivain américain

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 (459)

German (20)

Italian (19)

French (16)

Spanish (13)

Dutch (11)

Japanese (6)

Chinese (1)

Turkish (1)

Eustace Chisholm and the worksIn a shallow graveJeremy's versionThe candles of your eyes, and thirteen other storiesThe house of the solitary maggotNarrow roomsGertrude of Stony Island Avenue : a novelI am Elijah Thrush