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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He’s a queen, from a time where it was dangerous to be one–come to think of it, it still is a little dangerous these days, right?

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Feb 19, Cyn RaeWhit rated it it was amazing. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

It’s a story within a story, you see, and I’m not certain which one’s most impactful, but after I was done reading this last night, I had to put on my coat and go out and sit on my deck and cry. Penguin Books- Fiction – pages. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. There are some akerican great ideas in this story, but they never fully materialise.

As he lies in his hospital bed, trying to figure out what to do next, he finds himself brooding about the parallel ruin of his comrade and mentor Tom Slater, a famous American literary scholar who dabbled in communism and was driven to suicide during the McCarthy era.


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Many beautiful parts of this writing that can only be felt through gay experience, and I look forwar Mr. Every page expands the reader’s view of how these two men have responded to being gay in a gay-unfriendly world. Given the fluid structure between the past and the present and the expansive tone of the narrative, I did better with this when i read large passages of it at a time.

The Line of Beauty: I read it in Being a gay one! Reeve is in hospital recovering from an assault. Well worth the time and money, and if you google around, you can find used I read this with a mixture of horror, admiration, longing and downright agony.

Full of gentle wisdom and wry humor. There is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses the desire in Reeve for straight men.

Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st 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.

That still happens, incidentally.

Account Options Sign in. I think Merlis is a treasure, one of the most under-appreciated gay writers in America. Merlis has a rich imagination and the ability to communicate on multiple levels.

Well written thoughtful, sad, bittersweet just a little too verbose on occassions. No eBook available Amazon. Given so much time to reflect on his wasted life, the year-old Reeve thinks back to his friend and mentor, Tom Slater, a prominent literary critic who committed suicide after being hounded by a ’50s studis that threatened to amerucan his homosexuality and a former dalliance with the Communist Party.


How is it that Mark Merlis has been around for such a long time and I’m just now discovering him?

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Jan 18, Naz Read Diverse Books rated it it was ok. Reeve’s retrospective of his life and the life of his mentor Tom is, at times, downright depressing and often very sad, but also interesting, compelling, and real.

A heart-wrenching book about love, loyalty, betrayal and the cruel repercussions of pursuing love in a society that seeks mafk suppress its expression. Refresh and try again. Are you sure you amdrican to remove American studies from your list? No trivia or quizzes yet. Professor Thomas Tom Flick Slater figures prominently. Return to Book Page. Don’t have a Kindle? He subsequently took a job wit Mark Merlis is an American writer and health policy analyst.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The boy is evidently more interested in the floozy who turns the letters.

He was one of the first gay authors I read and his book American Studies is one I will never forget and will continue to reread every few years.