Born in Detroit in 1934, Clarence Copper, Jr., wrote The Scene while incarcerated and addicted and published it in 1960. Five novels followed in his trouble life, including Weed (1963) and The Farm (1968). He died penniless and alone in New York City in 1978.
The Farmby Clarence Cooper Jr.
"So much of what we know of ourselves is a lousy God Damn lie", maintains the narrator of The Farm (1968), the audacious and supercharged final novel by a writer of both prodigal gifts and tendencies toward self-destruction.The Farm is a Dante-esque tour of the levels of hell to be found in a federal drug rehabilitation center and a powerful story of love growing in the most unnatural conditions. It is a stylistic tour de force and one of the most honest and unrelenting novels dealing with drug addiction ever written.
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