The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer

Overview

Kenneth Patchen's comic masterpiece, Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer first appeared in 1945. The hilarious saga of Alfred Budd of Bivalve, New Jersey - a Candide-like innocent and part-time pornographer, written with what Diane DiPrima called Patchen's "tender silliness" - is sure to inspire a new generation of readers.
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Overview

Kenneth Patchen's comic masterpiece, Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer first appeared in 1945. The hilarious saga of Alfred Budd of Bivalve, New Jersey - a Candide-like innocent and part-time pornographer, written with what Diane DiPrima called Patchen's "tender silliness" - is sure to inspire a new generation of readers.
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Library Journal
The title sets the comic tone of this novel, which surprisingly was published in 1945--pretty bold for the times. This is the saga of Alfred Budd, a citizen of Bivalve, NJ, who searches for the simple truth in a world steadily becoming more complex. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811214117
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: New Directions Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,473,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
What I Came From 7
The Doors Of The World Are Opened To Me 17
The First Party I Ever Went To 24
The First Real Home I Ever Had 44
My Life As A Private Investigator 72
The Last Party I Ever Went To 91
The Story Of My Love 108
Does The Famous Detective Know That Love In A Mist Is Only The Great White Whale Going Down For The Full Count In That Old Seventh Round 140
The Deer Are Entering This Beautiful Forest 148
The Greatest And Most Wonderful Plan On Earth 183
The House Of The Frowning Heart 193
A Radiant Temple Stands Above The Waters 214
What Became of Me 223
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