Van Gogh's Room at Arles

Van Gogh's Room at Arles


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The author of more than a dozen novels and short-story collections, Stanley Elkin is a master of tragicomedy. His rants, jokes, and characters leave readers torn between laughter and tears and nowhere is Elkin's sense of humor more manic or more depressing than in this collection of three novellas. "Her Sense of Timing" relates a destructive day in the life of a wheelchair-bound professor abandoned by his wife at the worst possible time, leaving him to preside -- helplessly -- over a party for his students that careens out of control. "Confessions of a Princess Manque" is the story of an unsuspecting commoner catapulted into royalty when she catches the wandering eye of Prince Larry of Wales. And in the title story, a community college professor searches for his scholarly identity in a land of academic giants while staying in Van Gogh's famous room at Arles and avoiding run-ins with the Club of the Portraits of the Descendants of the People Painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140236590
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1994
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stanley Elkin (1930-1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winners "George Mills" (1982) and "Mrs. Ted Bliss" (1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists "The Dick Gibson Show" (1972), "Searches and Seizures "(1974), and "The MacGuffin" (1991). His book of novellas, "Van Gogh's Room at Arles", was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

Table of Contents

Her Sense of Timing1
Town Crier Exclusive, Confessions of a Princess Manque: "How Royals Found Me 'Unsuitable' to Marry Their Larry"111
Van Gogh's Room at Arles219

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