Purdy, James (American playwright, novelist, poet, short-story writer, explorer of Americana, human alienation, indifference, and cruelty, July 17, 1923-____),
“Cracks,” a __-minute religious drama in English, set in _____, 1963,
© 1963 by James Purdy;
• cited in The Best Plays of 1963-1964, edited by Henry Hewes (North Stratford, New Hampshire U.S.A.: Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., 1981, ISBN 0405132158, __ pp., containing “Cracks”; Ellen Violett’s adaptation of “Sermon,” 1m; Ellen Violett’s adaptation of “Encore,” 2m1f; Ellen Violett’s adaptation of “Everything Under the Sun,” 2m;
• script/rights available from source listed in Hewes anthology;
• contact Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., Lower Mill Road, North Stratford, New Hampshire 03590, U.S.A., telephone 603-922-5000 or 888-410-3343, fax 603-922-3348, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Figure (m), _____; Child (m), _____; Nera (f), _____; Nurse (f), _____.
God appears and sees in a woman who refuses to live the spirit of life.
• James Purdy’s best-known play. Produced as Color of Darkness, a program of four short plays, by Harvest Productions at the Writers’ Stage Theatre, September 30, 1963, running 33 performances.
• Research could include James Purdy’s A Day After the Fair: A Collection of Plays and Short Stories (New York: Note of Hand Publishers, 1976, 1977), LCCN 78-101416, 169 pp.
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s Color of Darkness: Eleven Stories and a Novella (Westport, Connecticut, U.S.A.: Greenwood Press, 1975, 1957), ISBN 0837178746, 175 pp. Reprint of the edition published by New Directions, New York.
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s Color of Darkness (Garden City, New York, U.S.A.: Doubleday, 1974), ISBN 0385095597, 383 pp., containing “Color of Darkness,” “You May Safely Gaze,” “Don’t Call Me by My Right Name,” “Eventide,” “Why Can’t They Tell You Why?,” “Man and Wife,” “You Reach for Your Hat,” “A Good Woman,” “Plan Now to Attend,” “Sound of Talking,” “Cutting Edge,” “63, Dream Palace,” “Malcolm.”
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s Color of Darkness (New York: New Directions, 1957), LCCN 57-12947, 175 pp.
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s Color of Darkness (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Lippincott, 1961), LCCN 61-8678, 189 pp.
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s 63: Dream Palace, a sound recording (n. p.: Spoken Arts SA-JP-4., 1968), LCCN 68-3539, p. 8 s. 12 in. 33 1/3 rpm. microgroove, read by the author with notes by the author on container.
• Also, research could include James Purdy’s A Day after the Fair: A Collection of Plays and Short Stories (New York: Note of Hand Publishers, 1977, 1976), LCCN 78101416, 169 pp.
• Also, research could include James Purdy Interview with Don Swaim, http://wiredforbooks.org/jamespurdy/, accessed August 18, 2006.
• Also, research could include Welcome, http://www.wright.edu/~martin.kich/PurdySoc/Index.htm, accessed August 18, 2006.
• Also, research could include Who Is James Purdy? - an appreciation from Edward Albee, http://www.nytimes.com/, accessed August 18, 2006.
• Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.) holds the James Purdy Papers Archive.
• University of Delaware Library (Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.), Special Collections, holds The James Purdy Manuscript Collection spanning the years 1961 to 1978.
• “James Otis Purdy (July 17, 1923-) is a noted American novelist, short story-writer, poet, and playwright who since his debut (63: Dream Palace, 1956) has published over a dozen novels, more than half-a-dozen collections of poetry and short fiction, as well as a handful of plays. In addition, his work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Yet despite Purdy's prolific output, and despite lavish praise from writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell (an important early advocate), Dorothy Parker, Edward Albee, Terry Southern, and Marianne Moore, outside of a devoted readership of critics, fellow authors, and cult-followers his work has not been widely embraced. Purdy has been the recipient the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993) and was nominated for the P.E.N.-Faulkner Award for his novel On Glory's Course (1984). In addition, he has won two Guggenheim Fellowships (1958 and 1962), and grants from the Ford Foundation (1961), and Rockefeller Foundation. His work often deals with homosexual themes and has been described as 'singular,' 'enigmatic,' 'controversial,' and 'obscure,' all of which may help explain his limited audience. However, following several reissues of previously out-of-print novels, as well as a recent appreciation by Gore Vidal in the New York Times Book Review, Purdy's work has lately enjoyed a small renaissance. Purdy was born in Fremont, Ohio [U.S.A.] and educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Puebla in Mexico. He has worked as an interpreter and has lectured in Europe with the United States Information Agency. Purdy currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.”—James Purdy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Purdy, accessed August 18, 2006.
God, life style.