Eustace Chisholm And The Works: A Novel by James PurdyEustace Chisholm And The Works: A Novel by James Purdy

Eustace Chisholm And The Works: A Novel

byJames Purdy

Paperback | April 14, 2015

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No James Purdy novel has dazzled contemporary writers more than this haunting tale of unrequited love in an indifferent world. A seedy depression-era boarding house in Chicago plays host to "a game of emotional chairs" (The Guardian) in a novel initially condemned for its frank depiction of abortion, homosexuality, and life on the margins of American society. A cast of characters displaced by economic distress congeal around the embittered poet Eustace Chisholm, who acts as a something of a Greek chorus for the doomed and destructive relationship that is instigated when landlord Daniel Haws falls in love with young college student Amos Ratcliffe. Building to a shocking conclusion, Eustace Chisholm and the Works is a dark and gothic look at the strange and terrible power of love amid a "psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence, and isolation" (William Grimes, New York Times).
James Purdy, born in 1914, is undergoing a major literary renaissance. The author of Malcolm and now The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy, he lived in New York until his death in 2009.
Title:Eustace Chisholm And The Works: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.24 × 5.52 × 0.74 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0871409526

ISBN - 13:9780871409522

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Editorial Reviews

Eustace Chisholm and the Works is a remarkable achievement. Purdy is a master of the horrible, the wildly funny, and the very sad. — Angus Wilson

James Purdy should be placed alongside William Faulkner in the Gothic corner of American literature. — Gore Vidal (New York Times Book Review)

An overwhelming novel, expertly shaped to turn its full force and fury upon the reader's susceptibilities. — Atlanta Journal