Nathaniel Purple

Nathaniel Purple

by F.D. Reeve

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A feud, a fire, an affair. Cows in the pasture, men at the lunch counter, violets in an old cream bottle. This is Vermont life—passionate, pastoral, pungent—in F.D. Reeve’s stunning new novella, Nathaniel Purple.

The story is more than the sum of its parts. It is author F.D. Reeve’s love poem to the state of Vermont, which forms a rich, vivid canvas for his intimate portrayal of village life.

But human nature is a bit out of joint. Years of living on the “bony” land has led the village people to jealousies and forbidden couplings.

Reeve draws us into his world through the sharp eyes of Nathaniel Purple, who, as the town’s librarian, is the link to the world of books and rational thinking. He is also an everyman, a native Vermonter, able to embrace the town’s practical justice. And he has a few secrets of his own.

Nathaniel Purple celebrates the strength and timelessness of the natural world above the daily struggle and quotidian quarrels of everyday existence. People live out their destinies while the seasons turn.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013689558
Publisher: Voyage
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
File size: 511 KB

About the Author

F.D. Reeve is a novelist, poet, essayist, translator, and academic who has had a long creative career. He accompanied Robert Frost to Russia in 1962 as translator for Frost’s meeting with Nikita Krushchev. For forty years, Reeve taught English and Russian literature at Wesleyan University, with occasional visiting posts at Oxford, Columbia, and Yale.

Reeve was a founding editor of Poetry Review, secretary of Poet’s House, and an officer of the Poetry Society of America. He is the recipient of the Golden Rose Award from the New England Poetry Club, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a D. Lit from New England College.

F.D. Reeve first visited Vermont when John Atherton and Norman Rockwell were painting. Forty years ago, he bought his first house in Vermont, and now lives in an old farmhouse in Wilmington, Vermont.

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