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James Purdy

James Purdy was born and raised in Ohio and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of many highly-acclaimed novels, short stories, poems, and plays, including In a Shallow Grave, Garments the Living Wear, and The Candles of Your Eyes, all published by City Lights Books.

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Garments the Living Wear
James Purdy
James Purdy's novel, Garments the Living Wear, is a vision of evil and dark salvation peopled with bizarre and memorable characters. Satirizing life in New York City in the 1980s, its themes include the scourge of AIDS, criminal conspiracies, the...



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In a Shallow Grave
James Purdy
Purdy does not celebrate the wonders of our lives; he digs under the flesh, deals with the howling of our nighttime existence, the rough arithmetic of our dreams. He is also a very funny writer, one who captures the particular idiom of women and men...