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James Purdy

Born: 1923-07-17 - Died: 2009-03-13
Cause of Death:
Unknown at this time


Death Summary: James Purdy died in Englewood Hospital, located in New Jersey on March 13, 2009. He had recently broken his hip, it is unknown at this time if that played a role in his demise.

Who was James Purdy : Purdy was a short story writer, poet, playwright, and novelist who published numerous novels and collections of short stories and poetry. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

His work has been praised by the likes of Francis King, A.N. Wilson, Lillian Hellman and even Gore Vidal, who went on to say that Purdy was “an authentic American genius”.

Some of his works include 63: Dream Palace, The Nephew, I Am Elijah Thrush, Narrow Rooms, Mourners Below, Garments, Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue, and many others.
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  1. gary hooper Says:

    Have been simultaneously amazed, appalled and in awe of Mr. Purdy for 40 years. I doubt that the literary gate-keepers realize the loss that their neglect and his death have diminished our culture.


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