A Bad Man

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1965 - Fiction - 308 pages
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Sentenced to a year in jail for providing his customers with everything they needed - drugs for the nervous, abortions for the unintending, guns for the crazed - department store owner Leo Feldman finds himself in a Kafkaesque prison. Labeled a "bad man," Feldman is treated as a fool, made to wear a clownish version of his business suit with oversized button holes too big for the buttons and miscut legs and pockets. While incarcerated, he's forced to come to terms with his criminal self - a man always on the make, one who can't avoid overselling to the poor and lying to the trusting - in this grey-stone purgatory run by a sadistic prison warden who enforces a set of elaborate, ever-shifting rules.
 

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A BAD MAN

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Elkin, whose Boswell (1964) heralded a major talent, continues to dazzle; he's got the wit, he's got the words, but he still lacks a story capable of attracting and holding a large audience. Boswell ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leonard - Goodreads

I'd never heard of Elkin when I first read this book. He's now one of my favorites, and this book is hilarious and well-written. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
30
Section 6
47
Section 7
53
Section 8
57
Section 11
138
Section 12
165
Section 13
179
Section 14
230
Section 15
261
Section 16
278
Section 17
315
Section 18
316

Section 9
66
Section 10
91

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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 wh

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