Book Name: Out With the Stars
Author: James Purdy
Category: A Special Books
Language: English
Format: PDF
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Following the discovery of an anonymous libretto, a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist-turned-photographer Cyril Vane. But those who knew Vane and his Russian-born wife, the silent-screen star Madame Olga Petrovna, are prepared to go to any lengths to suppress the truth about them. Vane’s dark secret stays with him even after he dies, but his jealous and vengeful widow and her old friends do everything they can to stop the opening of Blossom’s opera, which would be an explosive end to his career. This dazzling new novel by one of America’s finest contemporary writers is peopled by the Gothic characters readers of James Purdy have come to appreciate and relish. From Val Sturgis, a Kentucky boy made good and now Blossom’s protégé, to Francis X. Beauregard, an aging star of the silver screen now living surrounded by street-wise hustlers in his Brooklyn mansion, here Purdy is at his most incisive, charting America’s twentieth-century decline.


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Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers, Year: 1992

ISBN: 0720608619,9780720608618


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