Lonely Boy Blues

Lonely Boy Blues

by Alan Kapelner
Lonely Boy Blues

Lonely Boy Blues

by Alan Kapelner


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Originally published in 1944, Alan Kapelner's first novel, Lonely Boy Blues, is an intense (though not totally humorless) story of a dysfunctional family living in Brooklyn during World War 2. Written in a style that captures the rhythms of jazz and bebop, it is a precursor to the Beat novels of the 1950s. This expanded 75th-anniversary edition includes Seymour Krim's 1967 interview with the author from his collection of essays, Shake It For The World, Smartass, and features Arthur Sussman's cover artwork from the 1956 paperback edition.

Legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, best known for his work on the first novels of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe, wrote that Kapelner had "a most unusual talent in narrative, in dialogue, and in perception," and agreed to take on the editing of Lonely Boy Blues. It would be one of his last projects before his death in 1947.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578467863
Publisher: Tough Poets Press
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 822,493
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Alan Kapelner was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood and later took courses at the New School. A great athlete, he was asked to play with a professional baseball team. "I refused," he wrote, "because I knew I was going to be a writer." Kapelner had only one other novel published: All the Naked Heroes (1960). Two other novels, one titled The Air-Conditioned Hell, were completed but never published. His only other known published works were two short stories: "Jelly, Jelly, Jelly" in the 1955 anthology New Voices 2: American Writing Today, and "The Walking Running People" in the 1971 Survival Prose: An Anthology of New Writings. Kapelner died in 1990.
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