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The House of the Solitary Maggot

Purdy, James

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ISBN 10: 0385044135 / ISBN 13: 9780385044134
Published by Doubleday, Garden City, 1974
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very good in dust jacket. Foxing on the top edge and remainder spray on the bottom edge. Signed on the title-page and inscribed on the facing page by Purdy. Bookseller Inventory # b32884

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Title: The House of the Solitary Maggot

Publisher: Doubleday, Garden City

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by the author

Edition: First Edition.

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The people of Prince's Crossing called him the old maggot. Not just because he was despicably rich, nor because he owned all their farms, or sired the wild young men who tore up the roads with their galloping horses—it was because they could not pronounce the word magnate, which Mr. Skegg assuredly was. Lady Bythewaite, his common-law wife, had a devouring love that filled her entire existence, but never affected her iron will and the implacable destiny that led from it. Only Clarence of the three sons could claim the Skegg name, and at the first opportunity he ran off to New York to change it. When he came back, it was with a new name, silent picture fame, and a deadly vengeance to act out. Owen Hawkins was the "acknowledged" son who lived with Lady Bythewaite. A delicate lad, his world included each of his family, with a devotion that was frightening. Aiken Cusworth was the bastard. A great hulking horse-tamer with the smell of the fields and animals on him, he had a single bent that yanked man and beast to the line of his terrible whim. Together, they lived in the house of the solitary maggot.

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James Purdy (1914-2009) was a controversial American novelist. His novels have been recognized as late 20th century American classics.

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