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Crow Island
     

Crow Island

by John Leggett
 

John Leggett's newest novel features 30-ish painter Quentin Shaw, who quits his satisfactory job at a prestigious Boston firm to prove his artistic gift. He packs his wife and their infant son off with him to arty Cape Ann where, after months of discouragement, Quent is discovered by Miles Proctor, the flamboyant impresario of Crow Island, a seaside gallery of

Overview

John Leggett's newest novel features 30-ish painter Quentin Shaw, who quits his satisfactory job at a prestigious Boston firm to prove his artistic gift. He packs his wife and their infant son off with him to arty Cape Ann where, after months of discouragement, Quent is discovered by Miles Proctor, the flamboyant impresario of Crow Island, a seaside gallery of contemporary art. While Quent rejoices in the parties and the opportunity, Joyce dislikes Miles and feels he is leading her husband into new, and even more dangerous, self-deception.

Meanwhile, the spirited women in Miles’s life join Bruce Gregory—a self-pronounced champion of tomorrow's outrages in painterly abstraction—and other familiars of Crow Island in a perilous storm funnel of ambition, scorn, love, lust, and death. Crow Island is a beautifully crafted story about the risk of doing one's thing and the fear in every artist's heart that his is a selfish, egotistical path... one that is doubtlessly doomed. "Mr. Leggett's ability to create flesh-and-blood characters is impressive." -The Reporter

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045374095
Publisher:
Foreverland Press
Publication date:
10/16/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
288 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John (Jack) Leggett was born in 1917, in New York, NY. He attended Andover, and graduated from Yale University in 1942, after which he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1945. He was married to Mary Lee Fahnestock, with whom he had three children, from 1948 to 1986. He now lives in Napa, California, where he has long directed the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He lives with his second wife, Edwina Bennington of San Francisco, in a house designed by one of his sons. Jack was an editor and publicity director for Houghton Mifflin in Boston throughout the ’50s, then an editor at Harper & Row Publishing in New York for seven years. In 1969 he became a professor of English and the director of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, serving in those capacities for nearly twenty years. In 2008 he presented his extensive research files for his biography of William Saroyan to the University Libraries as an addendum to papers given earlier.

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