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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History Created December 10, 7 revisions Download catalog record: How is it that Mark Merlis has been around for such a long time and I’m just now discovering him?

Most importantly, though, Merlis writes like an angel, every sentence beautifully made, charming, amusing, and moving. Mark Merlis, who debuted as mwrk novelist in his 40s, penning four works of fiction that explored the joys, tensions and agonies of gay life in America in the 20th century, died Aug.


The book is enjoyable and reads in a couple of days. Tom keeps Reeve as his protege, even though Tom thinks he’s being “kept. Really, I should strike the Matthiessen reference so as not to scare away folks who might think: Would you like to americqn us about a lower price?

He subsequently took a job with the Maryland Department of Health to support himself while writing. The writing was deeply thoughtful and painfully realistic. The gay professor, having attempted unsuccessful relationships with students and living under McCarthyism is eventually led to tragic suicide.


Gay City Staff Pick: No trivia or quizzes yet. Unfortunately the novel never really rises above a certain adequateness, much like it’s protaganist.

What a shame this is; I had high hopes for this book. Some wry and subtle sensuous moments are notable; Reeve’s subtle flirtation with a hunky hospital roommate, his imagined sexual sstudies exploits of others, including the young man who betrayed his professor. Feb 19, Cyn RaeWhit rated it it was amazing.

But a raw look at the psychological costs of past gay-maleness. He has been touching himself absentmindedly through much of the show.

Published January 1st by Penguin Books first stucies January 1st One stuxies the finest first novels to appear in many a moon. And certainly topics that could create a new perspective on this period of history. Reeve is in hospital recovering from an assault. This is contrasted with his insecurity about his body, aging, and facing an open life as it could be.

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Reeve describes very well how hard it is to get old in a society that worships the young, and where being old makes you a pariah. American Studies Mark Merlis Snippet view – An enormous talent and wit to spare.

American Studies Mark Merlis No preview available – Merlis provides characters so perfectly in just pages. Wanna read about forbidden mwrk and the consequences of claiming or denying it?

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

American Studies Mark Merlis Snippet view – The boy is evidently more interested in the floozy who turns the letters. A master at pacing, Merlis moves the reader from past to distant past to present, progressing story lines along several layers of narrative. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


Buy the selected items together This item: His fantasies are about the young man with the mostly-severed thumb who shares the hospital room with him. The characters are never fully fleshed out and remain foggy or one-note. Here I have gone and excited myself. While I can’t say I would expressly recommend this book, I am going to try Merlis’ other work and hope that a novel that is more timely will be a better read.

The ambiguities, the internalized homophobia and other problems. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I finished this book in 48 hours and pondered it for another He was one of the first gay authors I read and his book American Studies is one I will never forget and will continue to reread every few years.

The final scene is amazingly touching as a reader along with the main character experiences catharsis – fleeting though it be – and feels buoyed up enough to face life, whatever it might bring.