The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

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Collected here for the first time are all James Purdy's short stories--fifty-six--including seven drawn from unpublished archives. Characterised by his dark sense of humour and jaundiced eye towards American culture, Purdy was considered one of the greatest--and most underappreciated--writers in America in the last half of the twentieth century. Although championed by a diverse range of writers, "an authentic American genius" (Gore Vidal) , Purdy's work has heretofore been relegated to the avant-garde fringes of the American literary mainstream. Marginalised all too often as a "gay author" with themes too scabrous for popular consumption, his stories anticipate both "David Lynch and Desperate Housewives" (The Guardian). American culture has finally caught up with the man Susan Sontag called "one of the half dozen or so living American writers worth taking seriously."Purdy's journey to recognition came with as much outrage and condemnation as it did lavish praise and lasting admiration.

His first book, Don't Call Me by My Right Name, reprinted in this edition, had to be printed privately in the United States in 1956, after first being published in Britain.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780871406699
Characteristics: xiv, 726 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Waters, John


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" Hobart knew that this man, whoever he was, had not come tonight for the purpose of imparting Jesus' love to her but his own." " ' I've always wanted to do what was best, Lester,' Mama said, ' but parents too are only after all flesh and blood as someday you will find out for yourself.' " " After their footsteps died away, I broke down and cried, not like a young boy, but like a baby. I cried for over an hour. And strange to say I felt almost refreshed at shedding so many bitter tears. I realized how badly I had suffered in New York, and how much I loved Timmy, though I knew he did not love me very much in return. And I knew then as I do now I would never see him again." " The house burned entirely down, and the water from the firemen's hoses quenched the thirst of the huge animal, who had sat on during the entire conflagration hugging Alice Drummond to his scales."


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