Mark Merlis (March 9, – August 15, ) was an American writer and health policy Works. American Studies (); An Arrow’s Flight () – also published as Pyrrhus (); Man About Town (); JD (). Mark Merlis, novelist who explored gay life in 20th-century America, dies at with the publication of his first novel, “American Studies,” in Called “an intelligent, compassionate and moving novel” by Dale Peck, this first novel by Mark Merlis is back in print to illuminate a world that for many has never .
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To see what your friends thought of this book, melris sign up. It’s a curious tale within a tale, but also profound in its traces of hope amid the misery; a life wasted on regret, his teac Utterly captivating for its longing and aching disappointment, Merlis novel nevertheless displays hope amid dangerous times for a gay man dealing with his own hustler-abused closeted life.
The gay professor, having attempted unsuccessful relationships with students and living under McCarthyism is eventually led to tragic suicide. Very intelligent and complete description of the repression lived by two generations during the first half of the 20th century. Start reading American Studies on your Kindle in under a minute. The case goes up to the college President: As he lies in his hospital bed, trying to figure out what to do next, he finds himself brooding about the parallel ruin of his comrade and mentor Tom Slater, a famous American literary scholar who dabbled in communism and was driven to suicide during the McCarthy era.
Get to Know Us. Tom is fired for being gay and for being a communist. It involved the generation before me and though I barely escaped this life it had special personal meaning.
Jan 18, Naz Read Diverse Books rated it it was ok. It is a wonderful voice. Beautifully written, with catch-your-breath insights on every page.
Given the fluid structure This is undeniably well written kerlis the subject matter–the vicious cycle of self-loathing–doesn’t make it an easy read especially when none of the characters are particularly shudies. As he lies in his hospital bed, trying to figure out what to do next, he finds himself brooding about the parallel ruin of his comrade and mentor Tom Slater, a famous American literary scholar who dabbled in communism and was driven to suicide during the McCarthy era.
And certainly topics that could create a new perspective on this period of history.
One faces extortion during the McCarthy-era witch hunts, the other becomes a victim of violent crime in the post-Re A heart-wrenching book about love, loyalty, betrayal and the cruel repercussions of pursuing love in a society that seeks to suppress its expression. Apr 21, Jimmie rated it it was amazing. Merlis provides characters so perfectly in just pages.
However, Tom is unable to consummate the relationship, keeping it platonic and they soon they tire of each other. Los Angeles Times Book Prize: But more than this, it’s a very funny, touching, and human tale of Reeves, a bitchy, witty, and lonely, aging gay man, victim o Edit added on August 25th This is a great book – the story of two gay men, one a student of the other.
Constantly trying to reconcile his wealth with his Communist views and his gayness with his internalized homophobia, Tom would find a final solution to the conflict that was his existence. Most importantly, though, Merlis writes like an angel, every sentence beautifully made, charming, amusing, and moving. Both moving and funny, American Studies captures the spirit of struggle and triumph in 20th century gay America. Mark Merlis is a great writer who really deserves srudies kudos than, I suspect, he receives.
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While recovering in a hospital, Reeve tries to figure out a plan after being assaulted and evicted. Dec 26, Kim merliis it it was amazing. This is a book that transcends genre in portraying the abyss that divides one ostracized human soul from all others. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read this book. Nothing is left behind. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
But I am aware of him as the dark side of the moon must feel the pull of the unseen earth. Dark humor and decadent prose infuse this story of desire, betrayal, and healing. That is to say, it reads like the work of someone who has had a lot of writing bottled up in him for many years, not an entirely bad thing for a first novel.