The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty

The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty

by Peter Klappert


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The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty is a sequence of dramatic, apocryphal monologues spoken by an American Irishman who had come to France in the Great War and stayed on, a flamboyantly homosexual abortionist and torrential reconteur with a sweeping knowledge of the seamier regions of history, psychology and culture. Holding court in a Parisian café from September 1939 through June 1940 and the fall of France, Mahoney captivates strangers and habitués alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887485251
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PETER KLAPPERT was born in 1942 and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut. He is the author of several collections of poems including Lugging Vegetables to Nantucket, which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty was first published in 1984 by Alfred A. Knopf. For many years Klappert has taught in the Graduate Writing Program at George Mason University. He lives in Apollo Beach, Florida, and in Washington D.C. with Anonymous Bosch.

Table of Contents

A Note on Dan Mahoney • Acknowledgments • Mahoney the Bad Traveler BUSINESS AS USUAL Business as Usual: The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty THE SUBJECTS OF DISCONTENT Patati et Patata • The Subjects of Discontent (I) • The Flower Cart and the Butcher • The Subjects of Discontent (II) • Infectious Scotoma • The Mole's Eye • The Subjects of Discontent (III) • Laughter in the Peroration DOC' MAHONEY AND THE LAUGHTER OF WAR Doc' Mahoney and the Laughter of War WRONG RABBIT, WRONG HAT Wrong Rabbit, Wrong Hat LA BELLE EPOQUE La Belle Epoque • Internal Foreigners • "La Lepre Anarchique et Juive" • Les Places Numerotees • Does Daniel Believe in Order? • Kilometer Zero • Adolphe, or The Sad Young Man • A Sentimental Journey &c. &c. • The New U ESTIENNE Pontius Mahoney • Estienne • Disturbed • Annus Mirabilis • February 6, 1934 • A Small Parenthesis • The Dangling Participant • A Considerable Silence • Plus Mauvais • 1939 • Or Not So Much Disturbed • Estienne Redivivus ANOTHER MERRY WIDOW Another Merry Widow SERO MEDICINA Sero Medicina (I) • An Oratorical Derailment • Sero Medicina (II) • Mea Culpa Mahoney • Grandfather Philip • That Must Have Been the Place • Le Bon Zique, Quand Meme • Hard Measures • Mahoney Non Cul., Prest • Does It Have a Plot? • J'Accuse • Minimal Mahoney, in His Cups • Sero Medicina (III) SAINT DANIEL THE PARANOIAC Medic • 1919 • "Thank God the Other Side Has Generals Too" • The Thinking Hand That Shapes the Human Form • Satan Who Is Most Noisy When He Whispers • Saint Daniel the Paranoiac • This • Evreux Burning, Louviers Burning, Rouen Burning • Daniel's Other Love Song LOW SUNDAY Low Sunday

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