A Celebration of the Life and Work of James Purdy

Michael SnyderMaria Cecilia HoltLooi Van Kessel









IN-STORE: Live on Flatbush Ave! 
Monday, November 7, 7:30 PM ET 
A Celebration of the Life and Work of James Purdy 
Featuring Michael Snyder, Maria Cecilia Holt, and Looi van Kessel 

Award-winning biographer Michael Snyder joins Greenlight for the first time to celebrate the publication of his new book, the first definitive biography of one of the most iconoclastic 20th-century novelists and a recently-rediscovered gay icon. James Purdy penned original and sometimes shocking works about those on the margins of American society, exploring small towns, urban life, failure, alienation, sexuality, and familial relations. Although his critical reputation peaked in the 1960s and he never enjoyed a bestseller, Purdy's queer and edgy voice found a diverse following that includes Tennessee Williams, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Dorothy Parker, Jonathan Franzen, and many more. Snyder will be joined by a panel of scholars and friends to be announced for a reading, discussion, and celebration of all things Purdy. 


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Event date: 

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

632 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
James Purdy: Life of a Contrarian Writer By Michael Snyder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780197609729
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 3rd, 2022

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