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Purdy, James 1914-2009

Works: 184 works in 844 publications in 15 languages and 25,385 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Drama  Novels  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Theatrical adaptations  Gay drama  Gay fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Signer, Artist, Recipient
Classifications: PS3531.U426, 813.54
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Malcolm by James Purdy( Book )

71 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 1,250 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 4 languages and held by 1,130 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
Color of darkness : eleven stories and a novella by James Purdy( Book )

38 editions published between 1955 and 1981 in 5 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eustace Chisholm and the works by James Purdy( Book )

60 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depiction of the strange world of a small group of Americans in Chicago during the depression
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 908 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."
Cabot Wright begins by James Purdy( Book )

24 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 882 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
Children is all by James Purdy( Book )

22 editions published between 1960 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

42 editions published between 1975 and 2000 in 6 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Driehoeksverhouding tussen mismaakte Vietnamveteraan, ongenaakbare vrouw en jonge man
Jeremy's version by James Purdy( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 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 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seventeen-year-old innocent, haunted by the ghosts of his two older brothers, encounters an amoral woman who plans to seduce him as she once seduced his brothers
On glory's course by James Purdy( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in 3 languages 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
Narrow rooms by James Purdy( Book )

32 editions published between 1973 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Released from a prison sentence for manslaughter, Sidney returns home to West Virginia, where, in order to exorcise the memory of the lover he killed, he must keep his appointment with destiny in the shape of the man known as "the Renderer." A shattering and powerful novel of sexual passion among four men in the remote Appalachians, and a journey into the dark night of the American soul."--Back cover
The candles of your eyes, and thirteen other stories by James Purdy( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 540 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 )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De teloorgang van een Amerikaanse grootgrondbezittersfamilie waarvan de leden elkaar met geweld proberen te overheersen
I am Elijah Thrush by James Purdy( Book )

21 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 523 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
In the hollow of his hand by James Purdy( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 513 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
Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue : a novel by James Purdy( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 482 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 473 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 432 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 )

19 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 352 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 versionNarrow roomsThe candles of your eyes, and thirteen other storiesThe house of the solitary maggotI am Elijah ThrushGertrude 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

Purdy, James

Парди, Джеймс

פאראדיי, ג'מס

פרדי, ג'מס

جيمس بوردي

جیمز پوردی


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