James Purdy Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

James Purdy Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

James Purdy was one of the more independent, unusual, and stylistically unique of American writers, since his fiction—novels, plays, and short stories—maintained a dark vision of American life while stating that vision in a literary voice unlike any other American writer. In more than a dozen novels, several collections of short fiction, and volumes of poetry and plays, Purdy created an unrelentingly tragic view of human existence, in which people invariably are unable to face their true natures and thus violate—mentally and physically—those around them. In an interview in 1978, Purdy said:I think that is the universal human tragedy. We never become what we could be. I believe life is tragic. It’s my view that nothing...

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