James Purdy

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Birthday
17, 1914
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Mar 13, 2009 (94)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
17, 1914
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Mar 13, 2009 (94)

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About

A twentieth-century American fiction writer, he published over a dozen novels and was nominated for the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award. His controversial works typically focus on the lives of social outcasts and members of minority groups and include such titles as Eustace Chisholm, Color of Darkness & Malcolm, and Garments the Living Wear.

Before Fame

He taught French at Greenbriar Military School in West Virginia and subsequently earned a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago.

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Jonathan Franzen considered Purdy to be one of the most underrated American writers.

Family Life

He grew up in Ohio. He later married Marian Andreas.

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Dorothy Parker praised Purdy's literary work.

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