Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Purdy  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1914 in Hicksville, OH

Died: 2009 in Englewood, NJ

-- James Purdy on WorldCat --

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.


PEN/Faulkner Award , On Glory's Course

Selected Titles At Your Library

63, dream palace :
ISBN: 0876858442. OCLC Number: 24173737

Black Sparrow Press,. .

Color of darkness :
ISBN: 0837178746. OCLC Number: 1095081

Greenwood Press,. .

Color of darkness :
ISBN: 4653014442. OCLC Number: 33090036

Rinsen Book,. .

Eustace Chisholm and the works
ISBN: 9780871409546. OCLC Number: 918305563

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Eustace Chisholm and the works /
ISBN: 0786715022. OCLC Number: 346182

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Depiction of the strange world of a small group of Americans in Chicago during the depression.

Garments the living wear /
ISBN: 0872862399. OCLC Number: 19922747

City Lights Books,. .

I am Elijah Thrush /
ISBN: 0854490124. OCLC Number: 13763089

GMP,. .

In a shallow grave /
ISBN: 0872862348. OCLC Number: 18052482

City Lights Books ;. .

Moe's villa & other stories /
ISBN: 0786714174. OCLC Number: 56472934

Carroll & Graf,. .

The author's first short story collection in ten years introduces twelve new stories, including one about an opera diva whose career is managed by her talking cat and another chronicling the bizarre journey of a man whose obsession with his unfaithful wife leads him into an even stranger obsession over a rare bird.

Narrow rooms /
ISBN: 0907040578. OCLC Number: 12519303

GMP,. .

"Released from a prison sentence for manslaughter, Sidney returns home to West Virginia, where, in order to exorcise the memory of the lover he killed, he must keep his appointment with destiny in the shape of the man known as "the Renderer." A shattering and powerful novel of sexual passion among four men in the remote Appalachians, and a journey into the dark night of the American soul."--Back cover.

On glory's course /
ISBN: 0140076298. OCLC Number: 11159504

Penguin Books,. .

The candles of your eyes and thirteen other stories /
ISBN: 0872862569. OCLC Number: 23253157

City Lights,. .

The complete short stories of James Purdy
ISBN: 9780871406699. OCLC Number: 841198186

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The publication of The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy is a literary event that marks the first time all of James Purdy's short stories--fifty-six in number, including seven drawn from his unpublished archives--have been collected in a single volume. As prolific as he was unclassifiable, James Purdy was considered one of the greatest--and most underappreciated--writers in America in the latter half of the twentieth century. Championed by writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Gore Vidal, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Carl Van Vechten, John Cowper Powys, and Dorothy Parker, Purdy's vast body of work has heretofore been relegated to the avant-garde fringes of the American literary mainstream.