Boswell is Stanley Elkin's first and funniest novel: the comic odyssey of a twentieth-century groupie who collects celebrities as his insurance policy against death. James Boswellstrong man, professional wrestler (his most heroic match is with the Angel of Death) is a con man, a gate crasher, and a moocher of epic talent. He is also the hero of one of the most original novel in years (Oakland Tribune)a man on the make for all the great men of his timehis logic being that if you can't be a lion, know a pride of them. Can he cheat his way out of mortality?
About the Author
Stanley Elkin (1930-1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winners "George Mills" (1982) and "Mrs. Ted Bliss" (1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists "The Dick Gibson Show" (1972), "Searches and Seizures "(1974), and "The MacGuffin" (1991). His book of novellas, "Van Gogh's Room at Arles", was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.