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Book Title: Color of Darkness|
The author of the book: James Purdy
ISBN 13: 9780837178745
Date of issue: February 19th 1975
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When Purdy had difficulty publishing his first short stories in American magazines, he privately published his first two books, Don't Call Me by My Right Name and Other Stories and 63: Dream Palace, in 1956. Purdy sent copies of these first two books to writers he thought highly of, including the English poet Dame Edith Sitwell. She enthusiastically recommended Purdy's work to an English publisher, Gollancz, who published and distributed Purdy's books in England. Purdy's works were launched in the United States in 1957 in one volume, Color of Darkness: Eleven Stories and a Novella which also includes two new stories as the first offerings in the book.
Contents include 1) Color of Darkness 2) You May Safely Gaze 3) Don't Call Me By My Right Name 4) Eventide 5) Why Can't They Tell You Why 6) Man and Wife 7) You Reach For Your Hat 8) A Good Woman 9) Plan Now To Attend 10) Sound of Talking 11) Cutting Edge 12) 63: Dream Palace.
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Read information about the authorJames 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 more 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." (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 more 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 more 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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