Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Ivy Books
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ISBN : 9780804106436
Pages : 898 pages
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Lucy Marsden looks back on her long life and her experiences as the wife of a Civil War veteran, recounting the combat and the historical figures of the war years, as well as the hidden conflicts of domesticity


Oldest Living Confederate Widow

Oldest Living Confederate Widow


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
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ISBN : 0573662991
Pages : 34 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (573 users)

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Lucy Marsden, 99 years old, scares and charms us as the widow of the American Civil War¿s last surviving soldier. His child bride and the mother of his nine children, she now lives alone, the survivor of the survivor. A born storyteller, a woman of passion and compassion, she finally confesses her own marriage as the secret history of War itself. The role of Lucy¿funny, irreverent, candid, and heartfelt¿offers the actress of any age a sampler for her every emotion and available skill. By the time her telling is complete, we feel the full terror and pity of the domestic life and the Civil War combined. Based on the classic best-selling novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, this one-woman aria for stage constitutes a new work of art¿fresh, humorous and terrifying. Oscar- and Tony-winner Ellen Burstyn created the role on Broadway.


Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Vintage
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ISBN : 0307764117
Pages : 736 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (37 users)

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Allan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All became an instant classic upon its publication. Critics and readers alike fell in love with the voice of ninety-nine-year-old Confederate widow Lucy Marsden, one of the most entertaining and loquacious heroines in American literature. Lucy married at the turn of the twentieth century, when she was fifteen and her husband was fifty. If Colonel William Marsden was a veteran of the "War for Southern Independence," Lucy became a "veteran of the veteran" with a unique perspective on Southern history and Southern manhood. Lucy’s story encompasses everything from the tragic death of a Confederate boy soldier to the feisty narrator's daily battles in the Home--complete with visits from a mohawk-coiffed candy striper. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a marvel of narrative showmanship and proof that brilliant, emotional storytelling remains at the heart of great fiction.


The Practical Heart

The Practical Heart


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Vintage
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ISBN : 0307764141
Pages : 336 pages
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A luminous quartet, five years in the writing, reveals even more fully the breathtaking range of "a storyteller in the grand tradition" (New York Times). Allan Gurganus's voice--by turn bawdy and serene, folkloric and profane--deepens as it soars into this quiet masterwork. Four new fables--rich in event, comedy, experience--surge with the force of history's headlines versus sidestreet human fortitude. Improbable heroes and heroines spiral outward from Gurganus's familiar Carolina terrain. Each fires into a wild and differing direction, all in quest of some fantasy that's practically impossible: --An impoverished immigrant has her portrait painted (or not) by John Singer Sargent. --A young man's devotion to saving eighteenth-century homes—and their odd lingering ghosts—helps him find unlikely ways to renovate his own mortality. --A pillar of the community becomes, over the course of one cartoon matinee, its pariah. --A beloved, transfixingly homely father shows his village and his only son a decency stronger than race, humiliation, or even death itself. These characters' quixotic missions prove mysterious, often even to themselves. Their legacies are not easily deciphered. And yet, their most impractical wishes soon become the heartiest facts about each. They manage to wrest battle-courage from everyday indecision. Out of superstition and convention, they lift certainty. They each find a wealth of consoling truths banked--immortal--in the all-too-human heart. Allan Gurganus's great powers--announced more than a decade ago by Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All--here achieve a yearning exuberance worthy of a new Whitman. These leaps of sexual longing, empathy, and faith become a major new gift from this essential fablemaker.


Local Souls

Local Souls


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
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ISBN : 0871407787
Pages : 352 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (871 users)

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Presents three novellas set in mythical Falls, North Carolina, about a woman seeking the child she gave up for adoption, a high school valedictorian who disappears during a trip to Africa, and two married men whose friendship shifts toward desire.


White People

White People


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Random House Incorporated
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Pages : 252 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (39 users)

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A collection of two novellas and ten stories featuring all-white protagonists, crossing every class and gender line, entangled in the quintessential American comedy of the self-doubting majority


Plays Well with Others

Plays Well with Others


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : Vintage
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ISBN : 0307764133
Pages : 368 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (37 users)

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In his widely read, prizewinning Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus gave fresh meaning to an overexplored American moment: 1860-65. He now turns that comic intensity and historical vision to another war zone: entry-level artistic Manhattan 1980-95. In his first novel since Widow, Gurganus offers us an indelible, addictive praise-song to New York's wild recent days, their invigorating peaks and lethal crashes. It's 1980, and Hartley Mims jr., a somewhat overbred Southerner, arrives in town to found his artistic career and find a Circle of brilliant friends. He soon discovers both Robert Christian Gustafson, archangelic boy composer of Symphony no. 1: The Titanic, and Alabama Byrnes, a failed Savannah debutante whose gigantic paintings reveal an outsized talent that she, five feet tall, can't always live up to. This circle--sexually venturesome, frequently hungry, hooked on courage, caffeine, and the promise of immortality--makes history and most everybody else. Their dramatic moment in New York history might've been a collaboration begun, as a toast, by Cole Porter and finished, as pure elegy, by Poe himself. Plays Well with Others is a fairy tale. It has a Legend's indoctrinating charm and hidden terrors. It chronicles a ragtag group of gifted kids who come to seek their fortunes; they find the low-paying joys of making art and the heady education only multiple erotic partners can provide. Having mythologized each other through the boom years, having commenced becoming "names," they suddenly encounter a brand-new disease like something out of fifth-rate sci-fi. Friends are soon questioning how much they really owe each other; they're left with the ancient consolation of one another's company and help. We watch this egotistic circle forge its single greatest masterwork: a healthy community. The novel, a sort of disco requiem-mass, divides itself into three symphonic movements: "Before," "After," and "After After." The work concludes in a homemade paradise that resembles Hartley Mims's own starter vision of all that seemed waiting--latent and convivial--in New York itself. This is a work that could've only been written now, in our age of medical advances, written about these unsuspecting unsung heroes of a medieval scourge's first endgame moves among us. Plays Well with Others becomes a hymn to the joys and woes of caretaking (for waning parents and young friends). Allan Gurganus has created a deeply engaging narrative about flawed, well-meaning people who seem lifted from our own address books. His book offers an obsessive love story, a complex vision of our recent past, and an emotional firestorm--a pandemic's long-awaited great novel.


New York Magazine

New York Magazine


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Pages : 126 pages
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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.


New York Magazine

New York Magazine


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Pages : 196 pages
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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.


Good Help

Good Help


Author : Allan Gurganus
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Pages : 102 pages
Rating Book: 4.O/5 ( users)

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Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : North Carolina Wesleyan
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Pages : 104 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (39 users)

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Narrator reflects on his experiences collecting funeral insurance premiums from poor blacks in North Carolina.


Decoy

Decoy


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : National Geographic Books
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ISBN : 1631490257
Pages : 0 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (631 users)

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“If there remains any doubt about Allan Gurganus’s literary greatness, Local Souls should put this to rest forever.”—Jamie Quatro, New York Times Book Review Decoy, the concluding novella of Allan Gurganus’s hugely acclaimed Local Souls, was hailed as the standout of that work. Critics called it “humane, profound, hilarious, nostalgic, the literary equivalent of a bare-knuckled knockout punch” (Miami Herald). Like Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day it is a haunting lyrical portrayal of a life half-led. Set in mythical Falls, North Carolina, this mysterious and compelling tale maps the lifelong eroticized friendship between two married men. When Doc Roper, the town’s beloved physician, announces he is retiring from practice to carve exquisite duck decoys, he triggers an epidemic of catastrophes. His dependent patient and next-door neighbor, Bill Mabry, feels cut loose. Then the close-knit town is devastated by a flood of near-biblical proportions. Working inexorably “to an unexpected moment of catharsis” (Dwight Garner, New York Times) Decoy—already emerging as an essential work of American literature—charts the tender border between life and death.


BULL Men's Fiction #3

BULL Men's Fiction #3


Author : Jarrett Haley
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ISBN : 9781938012044
Pages : 160 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (12 users)

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BULL: Men's Fiction #3 - The Humor Issue - Featuring the BULL interview with Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, and hilarious short stories made just for men by McSweeney's editor John Warner, author of The Funny Man, Scott Gould, Eric Raymond, Forrest Anderson, Josh DuBose, Matthew Baker, Joe Ponepinto, John Bubar and Jarrett Haley.


Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry


Author : Christine Sneed
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ISBN : 9781613760451
Pages : 154 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (76 users)

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James Castle

James Castle


Author : James Castle
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ISBN : 9781883597078
Pages : 72 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (597 users)

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American Literature on Stage and Screen

American Literature on Stage and Screen


Author : Thomas S. Hischak
Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 0786492791
Pages : 308 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (786 users)

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The 525 notable works of 19th and 20th century American fiction in this reference book have many stage, movie, television, and video adaptations. Each literary work is described and then every adaptation is examined with a discussion of how accurate the version is and how well it succeeds in conveying the spirit of the original in a different medium. In addition to famous novels and short stories by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Willa Cather, many bestsellers, mysteries, children’s books, young adult books, horror novels, science fiction, detective stories, and sensational potboilers from the past two centuries are examined.


The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus


Author : Allan Gurganus
Publisher : National Geographic Books
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ISBN : 1324091487
Pages : 0 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (324 users)

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One of “the best writers of our time” (Ann Patchett) offers this hilarious yet haunting cycle of stories—all previously uncollected. Since the explosive publication of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus has dazzled readers as “the most technically gifted and morally responsive writer of his generation” (John Cheever). He has been praised as "one of America’s preeminent novelists, our prime conductor of electric sentences" (William Giraldi). Above all, Allan Gurganus is a seriously funny writer, an expert at evoking humor, especially in our troubled times. Now he offers nine classic tales—never before between covers. They attest to his mastery of the short story and the growing depth of his genius. Offering characters antic and tragic, Gurganus charts the human condition—masked and unmasked—as we live it now. “Once upon a time” collides with the everyday. We meet a mortician whose dedication to his departed clients exceeds all legal limits. We encounter a seaside couple fighting to save their family dog from Maine’s fierce undertow. A virginal seventy-eight-year-old grammar school librarian has her sole erotic experience with a polyamorous snake farmer. A vicious tornado sends twin boys aloft, leaving only one of them alive. And, in an eerily prescient story, cholera strikes a rural village in 1849 and citizens come to blame their doomed young doctor who saved hundreds. These meticulously crafted parables recall William Faulkner’s scope and Flannery O’Connor’s corrosive wit. Imbuing each story with charged drama, Gurganus, a sublime ventriloquist, again proves himself among our funniest writers and our wisest.