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 .

Author: Musida Kajisho
Country: Martinique
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Love
Published (Last): 11 November 2006
Pages: 278
PDF File Size: 11.61 Mb
ePub File Size: 10.53 Mb
ISBN: 521-4-43614-476-5
Downloads: 98802
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vudoshicage

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His straight roommate, only referred to as “the boy,” is convalescing after damaging his thumb on the job. The talent of Merlis is in the way he managed to show us that war raging in the tiny trench between two hospital beds.

American studies | Open Library

I thought that Reeve trying to tell Tom’s story from the third person point of view did not work. It is just post WWII.

The mood fluctuates from being light and amusing to sombre and tragic. Long out of print, but has been recently re-issued. Sex for gay men at that time was often furtive and fleeting.

Mar 28, Dan Kagan rated it really liked it. Both show that being gay has never been safe. As he recuperates, he considers his life to date, thus revealing to us the significant details.

  ISO 10648-1 PDF

I don’t mean backsides, whose virtues are more generally appreciated, but backs, mzrk owners never see them and whose baroque, superabundant complexity is squandered, given away freely to those who will look.

Its simple, noble, graceful prose refreshes the very language, and its unsquinting portrayal of gay men is searing and authentic. Narrated by a gay man in hospital after being beaten by a trick, the novel tells the story of F.

Sep studues, FotisK rated it it was ok. There is the further distraction of the patient in the next bed, a silent youth who arouses the desire in Reeve for straight men. Tom, the protagonist’s mentor and eventual colleague, endured severe intellectual and sexual repression despite being a member of society’s upper crust. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

Follow the Author

May 16, Todd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tom keeps Reeve as his protege, even though Tom thinks he’s being “kept. The hustler beats him up so badly that he ends up in as hospital, where he has to have surgery to repair the damage to one of his eyes.

One of his colleagues, C. His school professor’s mysterious past is revealed and he ruminates on the man’s life. Reeve, studiee main character, gained plenty of book smarts from Tom, but Tom’s r What’s worse than being a Marxist professor during McCarthyism? His sickbed reveries are about the man, Slater, who was his teacher and, briefly, his lover at boarding school after World War II.


The main plot is about an aging gay man who is in the hospital because of an attempted robbery turned successful assault. Meet Reeve who thinks his life is over: There are some potentially great ideas in this story, but they never fully materialise. Apr 29, Adam rated it it was amazing. Merlis has been trying unsuccessfully to finish and publish a first novel for many years, finally reaching his goal at 44, and this product of that struggle betrays its troubled origins only in its occasional stusies.

We were two tunnels with no train. Well written thoughtful, sad, bittersweet just a little too verbose on occassions.

I’m often disappointed by gay literature novels. American studies Mark Merlis. Start reading American Studies on your Kindle in under a minute.

Here I have gone and excited myself. Merlis currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his partner Bob, and continues to work as an independent health policy consultant. Beginning in the s, Merlis published a series of novels.