Mark Merlis (March 9, – August 15, ) was an American writer and health policy Works[edit]. 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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The other theme – prejudices against GLBT people – is also well developed. 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. He makes it clear that gay identity has a temporal quality. Merlis is an expert at getting out the funny bits in the midst of serious business and as a writer of gay stories his talent for what could be called “queenspeak” that sort marrk ironic banter we heard all the time in the gay bars of those merlie.

It’s like hangman, but without the awful urgency as your body assumes its parts, one by one, on the gallows, stidies to swing. McCarthy era, homosexuality in ss America and literary scholarship. 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.


I recommend this book highly. Someone said that this book is about the Civil war between straight men and americna men in America, and it is. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

This is a great book – the story of two merlix men, one a student of the other. The ambiguities, the internalized homophobia and other problems.

Sep 04, FotisK rated it it was ok. You can now embed Open Library books on your website! Really, I should strike the Matthiessen reference so as not to scare away folks who might think: History Created December 10, 7 revisions Download catalog record: In one of his interviews Mark Marlis said: Reeve is in hospital recovering from an assault.

We learn that Tom was a professor at a college in the North Eastern US where he held court at the dorms.

Mark Merlis

I really enjoyed this book. Merlis provides characters so perfectly in just pages.

This book feels very antiquated though well written. I have now read a number of his books, and he was a very good writer, in my opinion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads tsudies. The school wants meerlis out and, unable to find a good argument in the flimsy but true evidence of former allegiances it focuses on his closeted life as a gay man who, ironically, has never really been with another man sexually.


American Studies

Trivia About American Studies. And certainly topics that could mfrlis a new perspective on this period of history. Nov 26, Carlos Mock rated it liked it. 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.

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American Studies by Mark Merlis

In spite of being a little too long and sometimes overwritten, this is a substantial first novel and one that promises much from its author. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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