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Writers in New York
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Décembre 2009

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Selby_JrHubert Selby Jr was born in Brooklyn New York in 1928. After a career in the merchant marine cut short by illness, he achieved international recognition for Last Exit to Brooklyn. His other novels include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, The Willow Tree and a collection of stories, Song of the Silent Snow.

selby1Waiting period
Marion Boyard
In this highly polished and twisted moral tale, a man pulls back from the brink of suicide when his application to buy a gun with which to shoot himself is delayed. Instead of throwing his life away, he decides to spend all his time and effort disposing of those who he feels deserve to die. Targeting a bureaucrat in the Veterans’ Administration, he devises an ingenious method of murdering people without trace. With a renewed zest for living he embarks on a joyful killing spree, having found the true purpose of his existence. Told with Selby’s customary formal daring and stylistic elan, Waiting Period may not offer any answers to the meaning of life, but it sure poses a lot of interesting new questions.


whartonEdith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into a distinguished New York family. She not only lived as part of smart society, but it was one of her principal subjects. She was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and articles. She also produced a volume of poems and an adaptation for the theatre of her novel, The House of Mirth. Ethan Frome, which is considered her greatest tragic story, is, by contrast, about simple New England people.

The New York stories of Edith Wharton
wharton1Wharton was Old New York.Her family belonged to that tiny but powerful New York clan who clung together, intermarried, set the tone and made the rules for society in Manhattan... Her New York fiction spans the years from, roughly, 1840 through the turn of the century-from before her birth, in other words, through the Civil War and beyond into the Gilded Age, an era of tremendous transformation in American society.

Also available : The buccaneers, Etham Frome, Hudson River bracketed.

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