Stanley Elkin

1 The Dick Gibson Show

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>A radio host’s rise is the fodder for this “funny, melancholy, frightening .&#xa0;.&#xa0;. absolutely American” National Book Award finalist (<i>The</i><i> New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br />Since childhood, Dick Gibson has longed for a successful radio career to make him a household name. Seeking to hone his craft, Dick travels from stations in Nebraska and New Jersey to the Armed Forces Radio in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, interviewing crooks, con artists, and hypnotists along the way. His show ignites the imaginations of all who listen to it—until one fateful night when a studio guest’s irresistible influence on Dick and all those listening to him will change their lives forever.&#xa0;Spirited and compelling, <i>The Dick Gibson Show </i>is a laugh-out-loud journey through the world of talk radio and a compulsively readable account of one man’s descent into the dark echo chamber of American media.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

2 The Rabbi of Lud

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>A small-town Rabbi’s quiet life is turned upside down when his only daughter drops a bombshell</b>&#xa0;The only long-term occupants of Lud, New Jersey, reside in its cemeteries,a fact that suits Rabbi Jerry Goldkorn just fine. Never particularly passionate about his religious calling, Rabbi Goldkorn spends his days officiating funerals and burying the dead in the local cemetery. His life is simple by design—until one day his daughter’s scandalous rebellion threatens to send his world spinning wildly out of control.&#xa0;Spiked with Elkin’s characteristic wit, <i>The Rabbi of Lud</i> is a poignant satire of religious culture—and the story of one man’s struggle with morality, mortality, and the meaning of life.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

3 Pieces of Soap: Essays

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-11-15
Description :  With a wickedly witty touch, Elkin’s essays takes readers on a tour of American life in the 20th century.<br /> Stanley Elkin was one of our great American writers. “A divine exploiter of the idiocies and intricacies of our language,” as John Irving put it, and nowhere is that more clear than this collection of essays, which find Elkin wresting hilarity and heartbreak from the most unlikely of sources.&#xa0;&#xa0;

4 The Franchiser

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>The comic story of a man’s obsessive quest to build a fast food empire across America</b><br />For the better part of the 1970s, entrepreneur Ben Flesh could expand his business kingdom with the snap of his fingers. His fast food restaurants and electronics stores were all a part of his rapidly growing domain, remaking America one enterprise at a time. But when a series of personal and professional catastrophes strike unexpectedly, Ben finds himself on the verge of losing it all.&#xa0;Hailed as one of Stanley Elkin’s greatest works,&#xa0;<i>The Franchiser</i>&#xa0;is a biting satire of American consumerism and the story of one man’s all-consuming determination to create his lasting legacy, one business at a time.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.<br />“Elkin's fiction runs on language, on comic fantasies and routines. Give him conventional wisdom and he'll twist it into tomfoolery.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br />“Crowded with cunning shifts of meaning and extravagant deployments of wit.” —<i>The</i>&#xa0;<i>Nation</i>&#xa0;Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners&#xa0;<i>George Mills</i>&#xa0;(1982) and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i>&#xa0;(1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists&#xa0;<i>The Dick Gibson Show</i>&#xa0;(1972),&#xa0;<i>Searches and Seizures&#xa0;</i>(1974), and&#xa0;<i>The MacGuffin</i>&#xa0;(1991). His book of novellas,&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i>, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

5 George Mills

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Elkin’s National Book Critics Circle Award–winning classic: A compelling novel of one man’s journey to break free from a thousand-year-old family curse</b>&#xa0;Since the time of the First Crusade, every generation of the Mills family has been consigned by fate to an unfulfilling, servile existence. And each successive Mills has had a son, George, to perpetuate the family plight through history. Whether a stable hand in feudal Europe or a prisoner in an Ottoman harem, each George Mills falls prey to his hereditary misfortune—until the modern George Mills threatens to reverse this fate once and for all.&#xa0;Written with penetrating insight and wit, <i>George Mills</i> is an engrossing story of one man’s salvation, and an unforgettable defense of free will in even the most overwhelming of circumstances.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

6 Searches & Seizures

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Three novellas filled with humor and insight by one of America’s modern literary masters</b><br />In&#xa0;<i>Searches &amp; Seizures</i>, Elkin tells the story of the criminal, the lovelorn, and the grieving, each searching desperately for fulfillment—while on the verge of receiving much more than they bargained for. Infused with Elkin’s signature wit and richly drawn characters, “The Bailbondsman,” “The Making of Ashenden,” and “The Condominium” are the creations of a literary virtuoso at the pinnacle of his craft.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.<br /><br />“Wrenchingly funny and oddly moving . . . No American novelist tells us more about where we are and what we are doing to ourselves.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br />“Elkin's strength . . . lies in his arch, tricky, pyrotechnical style, and his ability to fuse horror and humor in each ‘seizure.’” —<i>Choice</i><i>Magazine</i>&#xa0;Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners&#xa0;<i>George Mills</i>&#xa0;(1982) and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i>&#xa0;(1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists&#xa0;<i>The Dick Gibson Show</i>&#xa0;(1972),&#xa0;<i>Searches and Seizures&#xa0;</i>(1974), and&#xa0;<i>The MacGuffin</i>&#xa0;(1991). His book of novellas,&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i>, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

7 Criers & Kibitzers, Kibitzers & Criers

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>“This imagination of Elkin’s sneaks up, tickles, surprises, shocks, and kills. It makes stories that are deadly funny.” —<i>The New York Times</i></b><br />Each of the nine short stories collected here feature two types of people—the troubled and the troublemakers. In “The Guest,” a homeless man gleefully takes credit for a robbery he did not commit. “In the Alley” tells the story of a terminally ill man who begrudgingly outlives his initial prognosis. And the satiric “I Look Out for Ed Wolfe” features a charismatic salesman auctioning off his life’s possessions in order to determine his value in the world.&#xa0;Laced with wit,&#xa0;<i>Criers &amp; Kibitzers, Kibitzers &amp; Criers</i>&#xa0;is a keenly observed collection that puts Elkin’s comic artistry on full display.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.<br />“Superb stories.” —<i>The New Republic</i><br />“Fully realized expressions of the comic sense of tragedy.” —<i>Life</i><br /> “These nine stories have no missteps, nothing that does not contribute to the artfulness of the storytelling.” —<i>Chicago Tribune</i>&#xa0;Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners&#xa0;<i>George Mills</i>&#xa0;(1982) and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i>&#xa0;(1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists&#xa0;<i>The Dick Gibson Show</i>&#xa0;(1972),&#xa0;<i>Searches and Seizures&#xa0;</i>(1974), and&#xa0;<i>The MacGuffin</i>&#xa0;(1991). His book of novellas,&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i>, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

8 The Magic Kingdom

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>“Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —<i>The New York Times</i></b>&#xa0;Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help alleviate the suffering of other sick children, Eddy plans to take a group of seven terminally ill youths on a dream vacation to Disney World. Accompanied by four eccentric chaperones, Eddy and the kids embark on what is meant to be a magical retreat that quickly devolves into a series of disasters when the kids turn out to be more full of life than anyone expected.&#xa0;Written with deadpan humor and poignancy, <i>The Magic Kingdom</i> is a striking and honest portrayal of life and death—and the trouble that ensues when one attempts to master either.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

9 A Bad Man

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>A black market dealer must reconcile his lifetime of sins as he faces hard time in prison</b><br />A born salesman, Leo Feldman can peddle anything from clothing and appliances to prostitutes, guns, and drugs. Although guilty of myriad crimes, Feldman is sentenced to prison as the result of a clerical error that charged him with a crime he did not commit. Now, completely vulnerable to the inmates who surround him—and to the stern Warden Fisher—Feldman must come to terms with what it means to be jailed not for his crimes, but for his character.&#xa0;Wry and insightful,&#xa0;<i>A Bad Man&#xa0;</i>is an engrossing story of an antihero’s journey through the twisted world of an unforgiving penal system.<br />This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.<br /><br /> “One of our most original voices.” —John Irving<br />“Elkin’s imagination should be declared a national landmark.” —Paul Auster<br /> “His prose is a delight, a reminder of fiction’s power to enthrall.” —<i>Newsday</i>&#xa0;Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners&#xa0;<i>George Mills</i>&#xa0;(1982) and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i>&#xa0;(1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists&#xa0;<i>The Dick Gibson Show</i>&#xa0;(1972),&#xa0;<i>Searches and Seizures&#xa0;</i>(1974), and&#xa0;<i>The MacGuffin</i>&#xa0;(1991). His book of novellas,&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i>, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

10 Van Gogh's Room at Arles

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Three witty and poignant novellas from a twentieth-century literary master at the peak of his craft</b>&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i> is Stanley Elkin’s second collection of novellas, a razor-sharp exploration of three characters suffering under the weight of intellectual, physical, and social burdens. In the collection’s title story, Elkin writes of an insecure professor’s scholarly retreat with the most accomplished members of his field. “Her Sense of Timing” is a story of a man who, though confined to a wheelchair, attempts to throw a party without the help of his absent wife. And in “Confessions of a Princess Manque,” Elkin writes of the Prince of Wales’s love affair with a common woman in a parody of a sensationalist tabloid story.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

11 Boswell

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Elkin’s striking debut: The story of one man’s comic attempts at immortality</b>&#xa0;James Boswell is a professional strongman and a wrestler. He is also a loveable leech who amasses friends of wealth and influence as his own insurance policy against death, an obsession that leads him from coast to coast, crashing parties and mentioning any celebrity whose name will grant him an ounce of social currency. But when those around him begin dying, Boswell is forced to confront his own mortality and determine once and for all how to find permanence in an ephemeral world.&#xa0;Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, <i>Boswell</i> is Elkin’s engaging novel of one man’s desperate attempts to outmaneuver death, and an acerbic take on the follies of the American Dream.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

12 The MacGuffin

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>A municipal employee sets out to unravel a murder—and save himself from the split personality that is pushing him to the brink</b>&#xa0;At age fifty-eight, Robert Druff’s destructive alter ego has begun to take over his life. Frustrated with his job as Commissioner of the Streets and desperate to protect his aura of power, Druff injects himself into the middle of a conspiracy revolving around the death of his son’s girlfriend—and everyone, from his employees to his mistress, seems to be complicit in the plot.&#xa0;Deeply humorous and engaging, <i>The MacGuffin </i>is a striking exploration of obsession and the imaginative story of a man struggling against his own frailty to regain control of his life.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

13 The Living End

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Elkin’s darkly comic novel of the afterlife—the story of one man’s redemptive journey to hell and back</b><br />When he is killed during a holdup at his Minneapolis liquor store, Ellerbee’s bad luck is only beginning. After a short stint in heaven, Ellerbee is banished to hell, abruptly and without explanation. What follows is a surreal and memorable adventure that brings Ellerbee face-to-face not only with his murderer’s accomplice, but also with God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and a host of others, all in his quest for salvation unlike any other.&#xa0;Moving and witty,&#xa0;<i>The Living End</i>&#xa0;is a hilarious send-up of afterlife clichés and a masterful exploration of the absurdities of human existence.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.<br /> “An inspired fantasy superbly executed.” —<i>Time</i><br /> “Elkin’s books are magical riffs of irreverent wisdom.” —<i>The</i><i>Washington Post</i>&#xa0;Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners&#xa0;<i>George Mills</i>&#xa0;(1982) and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i>&#xa0;(1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists&#xa0;<i>The Dick Gibson Show</i>&#xa0;(1972),&#xa0;<i>Searches and Seizures&#xa0;</i>(1974), and&#xa0;<i>The MacGuffin</i>&#xa0;(1991). His book of novellas,&#xa0;<i>Van Gogh’s Room at Arles</i>, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

14 Mrs. Ted Bliss

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Elkin’s National Book Critics Circle Award–winning classic: The story of an elderly woman who suddenly becomes mixed up in a world of criminals and con artists </b>&#xa0;After her beloved husband dies of cancer, Dorothy Bliss is consigned to a life of tedium, waiting out her remaining years in a Miami beachside community shared precariously by its Jewish and Latino residents. When Dorothy attends a series of parties intended to lighten the community’s racial tensions, she is unwittingly pulled into a world of drug smuggling, con artistry, and underground gambling—and a series of adventures that will renew her passion for life.&#xa0;At once heartfelt and hilarious, <i>Mrs. Ted Bliss</i> is a captivating novel of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances, reconciling the regrets of her past and rediscovering adventure in the twilight of her life.&#xa0;This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.

15 Il condominio

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-07-25
Description :  Marshall Preminger, trentasette anni, un infarto e una carriera fallita come conferenziere alle spalle, viene raggiunto improvvisamente dalla notizia della morte del padre. Con il lutto sembra arrivare per lui anche un’insperata svolta economica: in quanto figlio unico, Marshall si appresta a entrare in possesso di un ingente patrimonio. A Chicago, dove viveva il padre, lo attende però una realtà ben diversa: della ricca eredità non resta che un appartamento in un condominio del North Side, sul quale grava per di più un debito di svariate migliaia di dollari, relativo a «spese condominiali» mai pagate – piscina, aria condizionata e altri extra di lusso. Tra loschi uomini d’affari ebrei determinati a riscuotere gli arretrati, vicini di casa sfrontati e impiccioni, onnipresenti comitati di inquilini, il condominio si rivela una vera e propria microcomunità strutturatissima, repressiva e follemente autarchica. Per il malcapitato Marshall la nuova residenza si trasformerà in una prigione dalla quale le possibilità di evasione si assottiglieranno sempre più.

16 Magic Kingdom

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-10-02
Description :  Dopo Barth, Purdy, Yates, minimum fax continua nella sua riscoperta dei "classici contemporanei". Abbandonato dalla moglie e devastato dalla morte del figlio dodicenne, l’inglese Eddy Bale organizza un viaggio a Disneyland come ultima, strepitosa vacanza per sette bambini affetti da rarissime malattie terminali. Accompagnato da quattro adulti bizzarri e disfunzionali, l’improbabile gruppo di piccoli turisti si troverà di fronte la città del divertimento più stupefacente e grottesca del pianeta... Elkin, una delle voci più geniali del postmoderno americano, trasforma una potenziale vicenda strappalacrime in una tragicommedia scatenata, una satira esilarante e profonda, popolata da regine d’Inghilterra che barano a Scarabeo e pupazzi disneyani dall’aria bellicosa. Pubblicato nel 1985, questo straordinario romanzo arriva ora per la prima volta in Italia, con una prefazione inedita di Rick Moody (autore di &lt;i&gt;The James Dean Garage Band&lt;/i&gt;, &lt;i&gt;La più lucente corona d'angeli in cielo&lt;/i&gt;, &lt;i&gt;Rosso americano&lt;/i&gt;, &lt;i&gt;Il velo nero&lt;/i&gt;).

17 Poética para acosadores

Author : Stanley Elkin
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2018-05-16
Description :  Los <b>nueve cuentos</b> que componen esta colección, publicada originalmente en 1965, dieron a conocer a una de las voces más exuberantes y radicales de la prosa norteamericana de la segunda mitad del siglo XX, que apenas se había traducido a nuestro idioma.<br />A pesar de que, como el propio autor reconoce en el prólogo de esta edición, los relatos pueden adscribirse al realismo, por su imaginación desbordante, la fastuosidad de sus frases —que se despliegan como ramas abarrotadas de frutos fantásticos— y un léxico salpicado de modismos, términos en <i>yiddish</i> y del argot se acercan a experiencias más próximas a la modernidad literaria. El estilo de Stanley Elkin y su particular humor —negro, las más de las veces— podrían ser una mezcla imposible entre <b>Faulkner</b>, <b>Henry Miller</b> y <b>Franz Kafka</b>.<br />Todos sus personajes —al borde de un precipicio imaginario, impulsados por una misión rayana en la locura, sometidos a un punto de inflexión en sus vidas que probablemente acabará por destruirlos— son el trasunto de una lóbrega mirada sobre la sociedad norteamericana, teñida de desencanto, aunque férreamente moral.<br />Al final, triunfa el humor, que parece el único antídoto posible ante la abyección y la miseria, si bien no es un humor tranquilizador y narcótico, sino una manera de revelar el absurdo de la construcción social y moral de nuestro mundo y de nuestros fatuos ideales y anhelos.



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