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 hustler beats him up so badly that he ends up in as hospital, where he has to have surgery to repair the damage to one of his eyes.

Oct 11, Virgowriter Brad Windhauser rated it really liked amsrican.

Reeve’s retrospective merlix his life and the life of his mentor Tom is, at times, downright depressing and often very sad, but also interesting, compelling, and real. Reeve is in hospital recovering from an assault. Well written thoughtful, sad, bittersweet just a little too verbose on occassions. Lists with This Book. Edited by Ronald Waugh. Jun 03, Rafal rated it it was ok. What I love about this book, is the details and vivid emotions Merlis awakens in my mind when I read his carefully chosen amercan.

Professor Thomas Tom Flick Slater figures prominently. Reeve is lain up in the hospital after being beaten up by a man he picked up in a bar.


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American Studies Mark Merlis Snippet view – Mar 28, Dan Kagan rated it really liked it. You can now embed Open Library books on your website!

American Studies deals with homosexuality in the s coupled with the paranoia surrounding Communism. Given the fluid structure between the past and the present and the expansive tone of the narrative, I mwrk better with this when i read large passages of it at a time. I don’t know if it helps to be amrican to read this but it shouldn’t hurt at all if you are not. The storybis credible, enrapturing and moving.

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Sep 04, FotisK rated it it was ok. I have now read a number of his books, and he was a very good writer, in my opinion. Jul 04, William Freeman rated it really liked it. But a raw look at the psychological costs of past gay-maleness.

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He now lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Open Preview See a Problem? Not sure how I missed this one when it came out.

And it always has me dreaming of Tom Slater’s Invisible City So glad the subsequent paperback versions weren’t so sexual. Dark mrelis and decadent prose infuse this story of desire, betrayal, and healing. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

He subsequently took a job with the Maryland Department of Health to support himself while writing. Amerian said that this book is about the Civil war between straight men and gay men in America, and it is. I want to teach this to my LGBT students just as a way for them to try to imagine how different the world used to be for gay men.

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I have watched TV shows with better plot than this book. Unfortunate story line, but such was the reality of the time period and the author tells the story with dry wit, dark humor and eloquent prose. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Explore the Home Gift Guide. And there is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses feelings Reeve has vowed not to have any more, the dangerous longing for the sweetness and menace of straight men.

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Matthiessen and recalls his own insouciant youth and horny old age. It never becomes much more than the musings of a man trapped in a hospital bed, remembering fragments of his past. And there is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses feelings Reeve has vowed not to have any more, the dangerous longing for sudies sweetness and menace of straight men.