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Frederic Prokosch

(1908—1989)


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(1908–),

Wisconsin-born author, whose wide-ranging interests and extensive travels are suggested by the subjects and settings of his novels, which include The Asiatics (1935), about an American who travels across Asia; The Seven Who Fled (1937), concerned with demoralized Russian exiles, the torments of their flight, and their conclusion that the only victory is that of having lost with “dignity of heart … and nobility of spirit” Night of the Poor (1939), a tale of a boy's impressions as he drifts from Wisconsin to Texas; The Skies of Europe (1941), a panorama of Europe on the eve of World War II; The Conspirators (1943), a novel of spies and refugees in wartime Lisbon; Age of Thunder (1945), a tale in poetic prose about maquisards; The Idols of the Cave (1946), about postwar decadence; Storm and Echo (1948), about men's search for themselves as they travel in darkest Africa; A Tale for Midnight (1955), a fictional account of Beatrice Cenci; A Ballad of Love (1960); The Seven Sisters (1963); The Dark Dancer (1964), about the Indian prince who built the Taj Mahal; The Wreck of the Cassandra (1966), dealing with people shipwrecked on a desert isle; The Missolonghi Manuscript (1968), a fictive autobiography of Byron; and America, My Wilderness (1972), about a foundling black's wanderings through and affection for America. Prokosch's poems, including The Assassins (1936), The Carnival (1938), and Death at Sea (1940), are romantic and individualistic. Voices (1983) prints vignettes of famous people Prokosch knew.

Subjects: Literature.


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