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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Its simple, noble, graceful prose refreshes the very language, and its unsquinting portrayal of gay men is searing and authentic.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize: Dark humor and decadent americsn infuse this story of desire, betrayal, and healing. American Studies Mark Merlis Snippet view – The plot and characters were cliche and at times boring. The main plot is about an aging gay man who is in the hospital because of an attempted robbery turned successful assault. Feb 19, Cyn RaeWhit rated it it was amazing.

Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st No trivia or quizzes yet. Merlis provides characters so perfectly in just pages.


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There was one event in the present-day story line near the end that just did not buy, but I did like how this story line resolved. The boy is evidently more interested in the floozy who turns the letters. Sex for gay men at that time was often furtive and fleeting. The storybis studifs, enrapturing and moving.

The author creates profound empathy for his characters even while pointing out their corruptive behaviors and sometimes craven attempts at ameican fully human. Don’t we all think the same after something so powerful, beautiful and emotional?

He is telling us. Please provide an email address. A Novel was my first Mark Merlis. Tom keeps Americqn as his protege, even though Tom thinks he’s being “kept. Unfortunately, this subject matter comes across very dated to today’s American urban reader and the issues faced by these characters scarcely seem relevant anymore. I really enjoyed this book.

American Studies

It is his TV, I am an intruder, reading over his shoulder. Mark Merlis is a great writer who really deserves more kudos than, I suspect, he receives.

The narrative is heavy with the self-loathing that most gays experience their entire lives Does it really get better? Want to Read saving….

Nothing is left behind. Reeve, the main character, gained plenty of book smarts from Tom, but Tom’s r What’s worse than being a Marxist professor during McCarthyism? Sstudies Angeles Times Book Prize: Never at a loss for the telling detail or bitchy aside, Reeve offers a sweeping view of gay life in this century as he reconstructs the troubled world of Tom Slater a figure inspired by the critic F.


American Studies is a great story, funny, incisive and even suspenseful but its larger themes studes the great “traitor” hunts of the fifties and the lives that were destroyed by them is one which is seldom told these days. Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. As Reeve begins his convalescence, Reeve has flashbacks where his mentor: Funny, knowing, wry and, at the same time, as honest as he can be for merliis first time in his life kark his own and his older friend’s story. Matthiessen and recalls his own insouciant youth and horny old age. Merlis draws us to his side as he bears witness to the death and birth of an era in queer history.