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Eustace Chisholm and the Works
     

Eustace Chisholm and the Works

by James Purdy
 

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A literary cult hero of major proportions, James Purdy's exquisitely surreal fiction—Tennessee Williams meets William S. Burroughs—has been populated for more than forty years by social outcasts living in crisis and longing for love. His acclaimed first novel, Malcolm (1959), won praise from writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Dorothy Parker, and

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A literary cult hero of major proportions, James Purdy's exquisitely surreal fiction—Tennessee Williams meets William S. Burroughs—has been populated for more than forty years by social outcasts living in crisis and longing for love. His acclaimed first novel, Malcolm (1959), won praise from writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Dorothy Parker, and Gore Vidal, while his later works, from the award-winning In a Shallow Grave (1976) to Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue (1998), influenced new generations of authors. Eustace Chisholm and the Works, a 1967 novel that became a gay classic, is an especially outspoken book among the author's controversial body of work. Purdy recalls that Eustace Chisholm and the Works—named one of the Publishing Triangle's 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels of the 20th Century—outraged the New York literary establishment. More than breaking out of the pre-Stonewall closet, however, the book liberated its author and readers can be grateful for that.

Editorial Reviews

Angus Wilson
“Eustace Chisholm and the Works is a remarkable achievement. Purdy is a master of the horrible, the wildly funny, and the very sad.”
Gore Vidal - New York Times Book Review
“James Purdy should be placed alongside William Faulkner in the Gothic corner of American literature.”
Atlanta Journal
“An overwhelming novel, expertly shaped to turn its full force and fury upon the reader's susceptibilities.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786715022
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.16(d)

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Angus Wilson
A remarkable achievement...Purdy is a natural at the mixing of the horrible, the wildly funny, and the very sad.

Meet the Author

James Purdy, born in 1914, is undergoing a major literary renaissance. The author of Malcolm and now The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy, he lived in New York until his death in 2009.

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