Shamp of the City-solo: A Novel

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McPherson, 1993 - Fiction - 197 pages
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This "fantasy novel" occurs in what may be thought of as a dystopian parallel-universe, a world recognizable to ours but set in an odd remove where the hero's hunger for fame shows its mythic origin. Hughbury Shamp is the reluctant teen-age hero who becomes apprenticed to three "masters" at the West Poolesville Depot on the Sumpsky Prospect, across the River Sump from Big Yolk, the City-Solo. his education involves a series of preposterous and hilarious misadventures with the likes of the impresario Sergei Shipoff, Dr. Harry Analarge, and the World Friar Tapsvine, all the while he is being propelled toward stardom as prize-winning speaker at the murderously competitive Arslevering Ox-Roast.

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Contents

Thanks All Around
1
Brakeknot
5
Lukenkamp
15
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, took degrees from Antioch College and Brown University, and now teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and an Academy-Institute Award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. In addition to three previous novels (Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, Shamp of the City-Solo), she has published poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. Other book publications include The Bend, The Lip, The Kid: Reallife Stories (poetry: Sun Press), Private T. Pigeon's Tale (long story: Treacle Press), Circumspections on an Equestrian Statue (novella: Burning Deck Press), and The Fall of Poxdown (longpoem chapbook: Hellcoal Press). With Peter Blickle, she has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German.

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