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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I have now read a number of his books, and he was a very good writer, in my opinion.
Penguin Books- Fiction – pages. No trivia or quizzes yet. The mood fluctuates from being light and amusing to sombre and tragic.
Meanwhile at the hospital, Reeve gets to suck his roommate just before he goes home. American Studies Mark Merlis Snippet view – American Studies is a great story, funny, incisive and even suspenseful amrican its larger themes of the great “traitor” hunts of the fifties and the lives that were destroyed by them is one which is seldom told these days.
Customers who viewed this item also americaan. Definitely an interesting premiss, this novel builds up expectations from the outset: Both have lived much of their lives trying to conceal their homosexuality in order to protect their social positions, jobs and reputations — as well as to avoid the criminal prosecution they could be subject to when their paths cross in the s.
American Studies deals with homosexuality in the s coupled with the paranoia surrounding Communism.
This is an excellent book with a title that doesn’t do it justice. Mark Merlis is an American writer and health policy analyst.
I really enjoyed this book. I want to teach this to my LGBT students just as a way for them to try to imagine how different the world used to be for gay men. He now lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Matthiessen and recalls his own insouciant youth and horny old age. This ambitious and intelligent first novel by a D. We learn that Tom was a professor at a college in the North Eastern US where he held court at the dorms. He was one of the first gay authors I read and his mar American Studies is one I will never forget and will continue to reread every few years.
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This story spans only a few days, but Reeve has time to reminisce over the past 40 years, coming back to the events revolving around the suicide of his mentor, Tom Slater, in and how this shaped Reeve’s life. Reeve’s retrospective of his life and the life of his mentor Tom is, at times, downright depressing and often very sad, but also interesting, compelling, and real.
Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st And while Merlis explores sexuality in American Studies, the focus of sex is handled in a way that reflects the main characters experiences in post WW2 America. You can now embed Open Library books on your website! Long out of print, but has been recently re-issued. Reeve lusts after the hunk’s buns, which are frequently available for his viewing pleasure because of the rear-view hospital gown.
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Haunting, funny, and masterfully written, American Studies provides keen insight into our own history and our lives. Beginning in the s, Merlis published a series of novels. His friend and one of the original boys tells the story as he lies in a hospital recovering from a bad gay mugging, a trick gone bad.
Aug 30, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: He makes it clear that gay identity has a temporal quality.
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Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Set up a giveaway. Never at a loss for the telling detail or bitchy aside, Reeve offers a sweeping view of gay life in this century as he reconstructs the troubled world of Tom Slater a figure inspired by the critic F.
The gay professor, having attempted unsuccessful relationships with students and living under McCarthyism is eventually led to tragic suicide. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read this book. 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.
Mark Merlis, who debuted as a novelist in his 40s, penning four works of fiction that explored the joys, tensions and agonies of gay life in America in the 20th century, died Aug. Reeve thinks his life is over: The flashbacks can get a bit long winded and on occasion a bit tawdry in a slightly repulsive way. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.