Out with the Stars: A Novel

Out with the Stars: A Novel

James Purdy / Nov 12, 2019

Out with the Stars A Novel Following the discovery of an anonymous libretto a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist turned photographer Cyril Vane But those who knew Vane

  • Title: Out with the Stars: A Novel
  • Author: James Purdy
  • ISBN: 9780872862876
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Following the discovery of an anonymous libretto, a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist turned photographer Cyril Vane But those who knew Vane and his Russian born wife, the silent screen star Madame Olga Petrovna, are prepared to go to any lengths to suppress the truth about them Vane s dark secret follows him toFollowing the discovery of an anonymous libretto, a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist turned photographer Cyril Vane But those who knew Vane and his Russian born wife, the silent screen star Madame Olga Petrovna, are prepared to go to any lengths to suppress the truth about them Vane s dark secret follows him to the grave, but his jealous and vengeful widow and her faded cronies employ all the means at their disposal to prevent the opening of Blossom s opera, an explosive grand finale to his career This dazzling new novel by one of America s finest contemporary writers is peopled by the Gothic characters readers of James Purdy have come to appreciate and relish From Val Sturgis, Kentucky boy made good and now Blossom s prot g , to Francis X Beauregard, aging star of the silver screen now living surrounded by street wise hustlers in his Brooklyn mansion, here Purdy is at is most incisive, charting America s twentieth century decline.

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      • James Purdy

        James 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 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 NY Times obituary He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal Purdy grew up in Ohio before moving to Chicago After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, the University of Chicago and the University of Madrid From 1949 to 1953 he taught at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis In 1960 he moved to New York City, where his literary career took off after meeting photographer Carl Van Vechten.Purdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1993 and was nominated for the 1985 PEN Faulkner Award for his novel 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 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 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


    125 Comments

    1. It was like mentally visiting each room in a very large, old house. Not exactly fun or stimulating, but nonetheless occupying.


    2. A classical music lover can't help but try to connect the people dots in this comic telling of love and loss among the music giants of NYC in the mid-twentieth century. In the time period of Purdy's novel, most gay people were concealed behind marriages and devices that relied upon the naiveté of the heterosexual world. There were exceptions, the duo-pianists Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale come to mind, but even their relationship was not openly talked about. The most famous couple may be Samue [...]


    3. Purdy's scandalously non-PC, outrageously over-the-top satire on the decline of American culture is sexy fun with a sharp edge.


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