POOR THINGS: Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D. Scottish Public Health Officer.

Gray, Alasdair.

ISBN 10: 0151730768 / ISBN 13: 9780151730766
Published by New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1992.) dj, 1992
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Hardcover first edition - First US printing. Anthony Burgess described Gray as the first major Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott, and the Observer called him a 'true original.a 20th century William Blake, who designs and illustrates his own strange fictions.' A plot summary - set in 1880's Glasgow, this is an account of the love lives of two Scottish doctors and a 25-year old woman who was created by one of them from human remains - only gives a hint of the fantastic events described within. Winner of the 1992 Whitbread Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Illustrated by the author. 317 pp plus a final drawing. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 49994

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Title: POOR THINGS: Episodes from the Early Life of...

Publisher: New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1992.) dj

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The lives of two doctors become hopelessly entangled with a woman who was created by one of them, in a freewheeling novel set in nineteenth-century Glasgow and the Mediterranean. 15,000 first printing.


The full title of this work, Poor Things: Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D. Scottish Public Health Officer, reflect a bit of wacky genius at work here. Someone named Alasdair Gray has found a memoir supposedly of a 19th-century public health officer in Glasgow. The truth of the memoir is suspect, nevertheless Gray manages to change it and then lose it. And that's just the backdrop. Inside the memoir is the story of McCandless, an acquaintance named Godwyn Bysshe Baxter who takes a suicide victim, gives her the brain of her unborn child to create a promiscuous and brutal girlfriend. The book, which won the 1992 Guardian Fiction Prize, takes off from there.

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