Narrow Rooms

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Arbor House, 1978 - Fiction - 185 pages
10 Reviews
Gore Vidal's recent feature profile of James Purdy in the Sunday New York Times Book Review signaled the long overdue arrival of a major literary cult hero into the American canon. Purdy's exquisitely surreal fiction has been populated for more than 40 years by social outcasts living in crisis and longing for love. However, Purdy was also among the first novelists to incorporate transgressive renderings of gay life into his work, including unapologetic, sexually explicit material. Narrow Rooms-his 1978 classic that ranks among his most masterful novels-is a passionate and sometimes bloody love story about adolescent obsession and revenge.

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

Well-written, evocative prose, but plagued by lack of plot. I am still not sure what all happened. Read full review

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User Review  - Ray - Goodreads

A beautifully written and operatically structured novel which took its characters very quickly from one wild place to one even wilder. Also a real insight for me into BDSM. And it takes place in rural West Virginia of yesteryear. Fascinating and sick--certainly makes Dennis Cooper seem derivative. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
100
Section 3
134
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About the author (1978)

James Purdy was born in Ohio in 1923. After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Puebla in Mexico before receiving an M.A. in Romance languages at the University of Chicago and spending some time at the University of Madrid. He taught at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin from 1949 to 1953. During his lifetime he wrote about 20 novels as well as numerous short stories and plays. Some of his best-known works include the following: Color of Darkness (1957), Malcolm (1959), The Nephew (1960), Cabot Wright Begins (1964), I Am Elijah Thrush (1972), In a Shallow Grave (1976), and Narrow Rooms (1977). He also wrote the Sleepers in Moon-Crowned Valleys trilogy, which comprised of Jeremy's Version (1970), The House of the Solitary Maggot (1974), and Mourners Below (1981). He died on March 13, 2009 at the age of 94.

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