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Stanley Elkin

(1930—1995)


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(1930–1995),

novelist whose fiction is marked by black humor, symbolism, rich prose, and a satiric view of contemporary American life. His novels are Boswell (1964), a comic depiction of a young man who attaches himself to prominent people, including the Queen of England; A Bad Man (1967), about a department store owner who ends up in prison; The Dick Gibson Show (1971), describing the adventures, sometimes surreal, of an early-day radio announcer; The Franchiser (1976), depicting an American businessman who creates chains of motels and restaurants; The Living End (1979), about the death of an ordinary man and how God judges him in the afterworld; and George Mills (1982), about a man's 1000 years of reincarnations. Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers (1966) collects stories, and Searches and Seizures (1973) prints three novellas. Born in New York City, Elkin was a professor at Washington University, St. Louis, from 1959.

Subjects: Literature.


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