James Purdy Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

James Purdy Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Because James Purdy was so hesitant to make public the details of his private life, it is impossible to correlate any of his works with his personal experiences. His works are hermetically sealed from his life and must be examined as entities in themselves. Purdy’s themes, styles, and ideas change, develop, and expand from novel to novel, so it is not possible to delineate any one particular aspect of his work that is found consistently throughout. Certain preoccupations, however, are found, in varying degrees, in most of his works, and certain characteristics that are typical of postmodern fiction.

The characters in Purdy’s novels are bizarre, grotesque, and governed by abnormal impulses and desires. Purdy uses his...

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