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James Purdy, 1914-2009

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 13, 2009

n131066-1Novelist James Purdy, who was born in Findlay and attended BGSU in its days as a Normal College before WWII, has died at his home in New Jersey. Purdy, eulogized by The New York Times as a writer of “dark, often savagely comic fiction [that] evoked a psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation,” published nearly 20 novels and numerous short stories and plays.

His first novel The Nephew (1961) is set in Bowling Green and is the story of a woman’s search to uncover the truth about her nephew, a soldier missing in action in the Korean War. James Purdy was 94.


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