Selected Plays of James Purdy

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Hailed as "a creative genius" (TLS) and "a singular American visionary" (New York Times ), James Purdy may be best known for his remarkable novels, but he was also an astonishing playwright who wrote nine full-length and twenty short plays. Purdy was one of the few contemporary American writers capable of writing tragedy-Tennessee Williams called him "a uniquely gifted man of the theater." This collection presents four riveting and beautifully crafted works: Brice, The Paradise Circus, Where Quentin Goes, and ...

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Overview

Hailed as "a creative genius" (TLS) and "a singular American visionary" (New York Times ), James Purdy may be best known for his remarkable novels, but he was also an astonishing playwright who wrote nine full-length and twenty short plays. Purdy was one of the few contemporary American writers capable of writing tragedy-Tennessee Williams called him "a uniquely gifted man of the theater." This collection presents four riveting and beautifully crafted works: Brice, The Paradise Circus, Where Quentin Goes, and Ruthanna Elder. Each explores a range of emotional and familial tangles, as fathers betray their sons and squander their inheritances, siblings compete for parental affection, and husbands and wives try to salvage meaning from their broken marriages.

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What People Are Saying

Edith Sitwell
One of the greatest writers produced in America during the past hundred years.
John Waters
James Purdy's Selected Plays will break your damaged little heart.
Edward Albee
James Purdy's plays have much of the exciting existentiality that infuses his novels and seem content to take drama to interesting places it does not always want to go.
Dorothy Parker
Purdy is a writer of the highest rank in originality, insight, and power.
Gore Vidal
James Purdy is an authentic American genius.
Bradford Morrow
These four darkly shimmering plays are a very welcome addition to Purdy's shelf of novels and stories, and once more reveal him to be a pure, unique, and unforgettable voice in the literature of our time.
Dame Edith Sitwell
"One of the greatest writers produced in America during the past hundred years."
Gore Vidal
"James Purdy is an authentic American genius."
Edward Albee
"James Purdy's plays have much of the exciting existentiality that infuses his novels and seem content to take drama to interesting places it does not always want to go."
Dorothy Parker
"Purdy is a writer of the highest rank in originality, insight, and power."
John Waters
"James Purdy's /Selected Plays /will break your damaged little heart."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637985
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,434,113
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Purdy (1914–2009) published more than fifty works of fiction, poetry, and plays, including Malcolm, The Nephew, Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Jeremy's Version, The House of the Solitary Maggot, Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue, and Moe's Villa and Other Stories. He has been translated into over thirty languages. Mr. Purdy received numerous awards for his work, including the Morten Dauwen Zabel Fiction award from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Fadiman Award from the Mercantile Library.

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