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The Resource Soul of a whore ; : and, Purvis : two plays in verse, Denis Johnson

Soul of a whore ; : and, Purvis : two plays in verse, Denis Johnson

Label
Soul of a whore ; : and, Purvis : two plays in verse
Title
Soul of a whore ;
Title remainder
and, Purvis : two plays in verse
Statement of responsibility
Denis Johnson
Title variation
Purvis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In his poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, the National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson has explored the story of America--especially of the West, land of self-made men and self-perpetuating myths--with searing honesty and genuine sympathy. These two plays, written in verse at once hypnotic and clear, confirm his position as one of our great verbal stylists and a literary conscience for our times. In Soul of a Whore, a lively cast of characters--faith healers, pimps, strippers, actual demons--converge, with unexpected hilarity, as Bess Cassandra awaits execution for the murder of her infant daughter. Purvis's seven reverse-chronological scenes catalog the fall and rise of Melvin Purvis, the G-man who brought down John Dillinger and Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Johnson takes us from Washington's back rooms to a Midwestern cornfield, dramatizing the seductive allure of power and our own human capacity for both pettiness and grace. In these furiously entertaining, occasionally terrifying works, Johnson chronicles and questions America's myths, heroes, and everyday realities with verve and elegance, revealing himself once again to be at the height of his linguistic and insightful powers."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-2017
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Denis
Dewey number
812/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3560.O3745
LC item number
S58 2012
Literary form
dramas
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Verse drama, American
Label
Soul of a whore ; : and, Purvis : two plays in verse, Denis Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223108730947
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 227 pages
Isbn
9780374277963
Lccn
2011046069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40021084729
System control number
759174933
Label
Soul of a whore ; : and, Purvis : two plays in verse, Denis Johnson
Publication
Bar code
31223108730947
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 227 pages
Isbn
9780374277963
Lccn
2011046069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40021084729
System control number
759174933

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