Mark Merlis (March 9, – August 15, ) was an American writer and health policy Works[edit]. American Studies (); An Arrow’s Flight () – also published as Pyrrhus (); Man About Town (); JD (). Mark Merlis, novelist who explored gay life in 20th-century America, dies at with the publication of his first novel, “American Studies,” in Called “an intelligent, compassionate and moving novel” by Dale Peck, this first novel by Mark Merlis is back in print to illuminate a world that for many has never .

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He changes the channel as if to sever the unwanted intimacy.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize: Paperbackpages. Then read this book. His sickbed reveries are about the man, Slater, who was his teacher and, briefly, his lover at boarding school after World War II. I sort of loved it.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. There is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses the desire in Reeve for straight men. Though I am sure my opinion is skewed through my living in NYC. Jan 18, Naz Read Diverse Books rated it it was ok. It’s a curious tale within a tale, but also maerican in its traces of hope amid the misery; a life wasted on regret, his teacher’s story reflected in Reeve’s own doubts.


This ambitious and intelligent first novel by a D. Start reading American Studies on your Kindle in under a minute. Merois written thoughtful, sad, bittersweet just a little too verbose on occassions. What’s worse than being a Marxist professor during McCarthyism?

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The main plot is about an aging gay man who is in the hospital because of an attempted robbery turned successful assault. American Studies Mark Merlis No preview available – For a while we both look only at the screen. These are the insights to human frailties rarely depicted so well in any genre. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Account Options Sign in.

A Novel was my first Mark Merlis. Matthiessen and recalls his own insouciant youth and horny old age. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

He subsequently took a job wit Mark Merlis is an American writer and health policy analyst. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Trivia Marl American Studies.

Read more Read less. Looking forward to reading his other titles. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Well worth the time and money, and if you google around, you can find used I read this with a mixture of horror, admiration, longing and downright agony.


In spite of being a little too long and sometimes overwritten, this is a substantial first novel and one that promises much from its author.

Meet Reeve who thinks his life is over: There is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses the desire in Reeve for straight men. Given the fluid structure between the past and the present and the expansive tone of the narrative, I did better with this when i read large passages of it at a time.

AMERICAN STUDIES by Mark Merlis | Kirkus Reviews

The Line of Beauty: Beginning in the s, Merlis published a series of novels. Matthiessen, who virtually created the field of American Studies in the s stuvies, his own ambivalent coming to terms with his gayness, and the events that led to Slater’s suicide.

A lot, depending on the country. And there is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses feelings Reeve has vowed not to have any more, the dangerous longing for the sweetness and menace of straight men. Effective paralleling of two separate storylines–one of a college professor who kept his gay identity hidden during a time when being gay was illegal, the other of a sixty two year old man–former mentee of the professor–who’s recovering from an assault.

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