Van Gogh, Arles, Murder

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iUniverse, Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 308 pages
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Beginning with his arrival in Arles in March 1888, a combination of factual and fictitious events relating to Vincent Van Gogh are revealed while the Dutchman goes about creating timeless works of art. A number of drawings and paintings of previously unknown locals are finally afforded names and backgrounds. Prominent amongst these is a portrait of a young girl to whom the artist is especially attracted. When she is found murdered, suspicion falls on Van Gogh. Harassed by both a tireless police inspector and a majority of the citizens of Arles, the painter descends into the madness and despair, culminating in his slicing off part of an ear while remaining sufficiently lucid to identify - and paint - the man he suspects of the crime. Circumstances and characters pertaining to the murder define aspects of Van Goghs personality, as well as portraying a way of life in nineteenth century France remarkably similar to present day problems in the USA.
 

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Contents

FIRST LETTER TO THEO
1
A FINE WELCOME
3
MEMORIES
7
MARCHAPRIL 1888
12
ROUND TABLE
25
STRANGE ENCOUNTER
37
A LOCAL TAVERN
45
SHED REQUEST mid April May 8
52
SEPTEMBER 1888 TO OCTOBER 20th
129
GAUGUIN ARRIVES
145
MID NOV MID DEC
161
AT ROULINS
167
DOCTOR REY
175
GAUGUIN
183
CONTEMPLATIONS Dec 11 18 1888
193
REVELATION
205

A TEA PARTY
61
HISTORY LESSON June 9 1888
66
SUNDAY PROMENADE June 17 1888
76
BODY DISCOVERED
81
INTERROGATION NUMBER ONE
87
SANDRINO MEETS VINCENT
95
PROGRESS IN JULYAUG
101
A VISIT TO PARIS
117
SECOND INTERROGATION
123
CRISIS
218
PERRIN ENCOUNTERS CORNEUVE
238
LETTER NUMBER TWO Jan6 1889
260
PASSAGE OF TIME Jan 7 May 8 1889
263
CONCLUSION May 9 1889 May 17 1890
275
EPILOGUE
289
NOTES
291
APPENDIX
295
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Maurice Beale was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in New Rochelle, New York from 1941 to 1955. He attained a BA from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont (1955 – 1959). He then spent 10 years traveling, mainly in Europe with stops in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico. From 1969 to 1999 he was professional poker player residing in and playing exclusively in Paris, France. And then, from 1999 to 2005 he lived in Key Biscayne, Florida. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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