Death of James Purdy

July 17, 1923 - March 13, 2009
Englewood, New Jersey | Age 85

Author of underground classics such as "Cabot Wright Begins," dies
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By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK -- Author James Purdy, a shocking realist and surprising romantic who in underground classics such as "Cabot Wright Begins" and "Eustace Chisholm and the Works" inspired censorious outrage and lasting admiration, has died.

Spokesman Walter Vatter of Ivan Dee Publishers said Purdy died Friday morning at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. The author, whose age could not immediately be determined, was at least in his 80s and had been...

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