Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue

Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue James Purdy
  • Title: Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue
  • Author: James Purdy
  • ISBN: 9780720610116
  • Page: 269
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  • Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue James Purdy Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue In James Purdy published Don t Call Me By My Right Name and Other Stories and in the years since he has produced some of the most remarkable stories novels and plays in the English language
    In 1956, James Purdy published Don t Call Me By My Right Name and Other Stories, and in the years since, he has produced some of the most remarkable stories, novels, and plays in the English language Praised by artists as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Gore Vidal, and John Waters for his evocative diction, emotional subtlety, and disturbingly baroque narratives, Purdy hasIn 1956, James Purdy published Don t Call Me By My Right Name and Other Stories, and in the years since, he has produced some of the most remarkable stories, novels, and plays in the English language Praised by artists as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Gore Vidal, and John Waters for his evocative diction, emotional subtlety, and disturbingly baroque narratives, Purdy has created an emotional, psychological landscape uniquely American in its depiction of fear, love, loss, and violence In Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue his 14th novel and 46th book he charts the life of Carrie Kinsella, a stifled, repressed woman who suddenly realizes the emptiness of her own life after the death of her daughter Gertrude, a brilliant artist In her search for the real Gertrude, Carrie realizes that it is actually herself she is attempting to find As in his classics Eustace Chisolm and the Works and In a Shallow Grave, Purdy s understanding of the horrors of the human heart and the slim but possible potential for salvation shines through here in ways that are devastating and sublime Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue is James Purdy at his best, which is to say magnificent Michael Bronski
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    About James Purdy


    1. James Otis Purdy July 17, 1914 March 13, 2009 was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and many collections of poetry, short stories, and plays His work has been translated into than 30 languages and in 2013 his short stories were collected in The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy.James Purdy s dark, often savagely comic fiction evoked a psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation NY Times obituary He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal Purdy grew up in Ohio before moving to Chicago After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, the University of Chicago and the University of Madrid From 1949 to 1953 he taught at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis In 1960 he moved to New York City, where his literary career took off after meeting photographer Carl Van Vechten.Purdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1993 and was nominated for the 1985 PEN Faulkner Award for his novel On Glory s Course 1984 In addition, he won two Guggenheim Fellowships 1958 and 1962 , and grants from the Ford Foundation 1961 , and Rockefeller Foundation Purdy s first novel, Malcolm 1959 , is a bizarre, comic novel of the picaresque, presenting the strange experiences of a 15 year old boy as in his search for his lost father he wanders through a world of depravity It was dramatized 1965 by Albee The Nephew 1960 , his second novel, tells of the revelations following the death in war of the nephew of a doting spinster, a retired schoolteacher, in a small Midwest town, who decides to write a memorial booklet She thereby learns than she wants to about him and about life as she discovers he was a homosexual Cabot Wright Begins 1964 , a satirical novel on the American scene, presents a compulsive but mild mannered rapist who is himself raped by editors and publishers wanting to create a best seller out of his experiences Eustace Chisholm and the Works 1967 treats loving relations as well as destructive encounters between homosexuals I Am Elijah Thrush 1972 presents a story of even complex relations among men of different ages, backgrounds, and natures In a Shallow Grave 1975 is about a hideously disfigured veteran trying to return to his childhood sweetheart, a different instance of alienation Sleepers in Moon Crowned Valleys is a trilogy composed of Jeremy s Version 1970 , The House of the Solitary Maggot 1974 , and Mourners Below 1981 , about the strained, bizarre relations of a Midwest family Narrow Rooms 1978 is a novel about homosexual passions, and On Glory s Course 1984 treats the lives and often odd loves of a town of Midwesterners in the 1930s His next novel, In the Hollow of His Hand 1986 , treats the generally unhappy adventures of the son of a Midwestern Indian and his illegal mother, a society lady Garments the Living Wear 1989 , a shorter tale, presents characters caught in the general corruption of New York City Out with the Stars 1994 evokes scenes of the gay community in New York City in the last moments before AIDS and Stonewall, in terms half nostalgic, half satiric The Color of Darkness 1957 collects stories and a novella, which Purdy and a collaborator adapted for the stage 1963 Children Is All 1962 also collects stories and two plays, and further plays appear in A Day After the Fair 1977 along with poems The Running Sun


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    1. woefully underrated author I guess he got a reputation for being solely a gay writer and for being a thorny character who spit a lot of venom at big publishing houses, and this led to his books not getting prominent reviews I don t know But whatever the case he deserves a wider readership.

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    2. An empty nest story told in the usual style of Purdy lots of dialog that reveals very little, lots of internal dialog that tell the real story, and characters who seem determined to be unhappy This one s a little different, in that Carrie, the mother who finds herself without a child shows gumption than the usual female in Purdy s books She s lived to other people s needs her whole life, and now with her estranged grown daughter gone and her husband dying, she begins to look for a life of her o [...]

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    3. I just loved this book James Purdy is a genius

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    4. Very underwhelming The story was kind of interesting but the characters were passionless.

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