James Purdy

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General Information

Name: James Purdy

Pen Name: None


Born: 1914 in Hicksville, OH

Died: 2009 in Englewood, NJ

Illinois Connection

Purdy attended the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Hicksville, Ohio, James Purdy was raised in Findlay, Ohio. His family moved there when he was about five years old. He attended Bowling Green State College (now Bowling Green State University), the University of Chicago and the University of Puebla in Mexico.

While he was a gay man, Purdy consistently rejected identity politics and defining oneself according to one's sexuality.

Published Works

On Glory's Course, Penguin, 1985

63: Dream Palace, Selected Stories, 1956-1987, Black Sparrow Press, 1991

Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Carroll & Graf, 2005

Color of Darkness: Eleven Stories and a Novella, Greenwood, 1975

Narrow Rooms (Gay Modern Classics Series), LPC Group, 1985

I Am Elijah Thrush (American Crisis), Gay Men's Press, 1985

Moe's Villa and Other Stories, Carroll & Graf, 2004

The Candles of Your Eyes, City Lights Publishers , 1991

In a Shallow Grave, City Lights Publishers, 2001

Garments the Living Wear , City Lights Publishers, 2001

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

On Glory's Course (Contemporary American Fiction)

ISBN: 0140076298
Release Date: 1985-02-05

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Eustace Chisholm and the Works

ISBN: 0786715022
Release Date: 2004-11-30

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Moe's Villa and Other Stories

ISBN: 0786714174
Release Date: 2004-08-23

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The Candles of Your Eyes

ISBN: 0872862569
Release Date: 1991-05

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In a Shallow Grave

ISBN: 0872862348
Release Date: 2001-01-01

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Garments the Living Wear (Note Series; 143)

ISBN: 0872862399
Release Date: 2001-01-01

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Literary Awards

  • PEN/Faulkner Award , On Glory's Course

External Links

James Purdy on WorldCat

James Purdy on Amazon


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